an APp for people using alone
Designed to prevent overdose death for anyone using drugs alone, the Be Safe app is however aimed at people with smartphones and an internet connection.
Use of the app is anonymous and private, unless and until an overdose occurs, at which point the Caller’s location will be shared so that help can be sent.
It works as follows:
a person pushes a button in the app to connect by voice with a Supporter;
the Caller and Supporter stay on the phone until the Caller is no longer at risk of overdose, at which point the Caller is able to end the call.
if the Supporter ends the call, or is disconnected, the Caller is connected to a back-up Supporter.
if the Caller becomes unresponsive the Supporter notifies the Caller, through the app, that help is being called, and the Caller is given an opportunity to respond (if they have not, in fact, overdosed).
if the Caller does not respond, their location is disclosed to the Supporter, who connects with emergency and community responders (via Responder, see below) to send immediate help.
The Be Safe app is available for community organisations, such as supervised consumption sites, harm reduction organisations and drug user unions, to roll out to their clients and members. Click below for more information.