Digital Tools

Brave’s mission is to offer supervised drug consumption to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Our apps can be used by anybody who has access to a mobile phone and internet; our button and wearable technology reach those that do not. Brave supervisors and responders do not have to be physically present with drug users to keep them safe. Instead, users can connect with local and national volunteers at any time using our web-based interfaces. All of our tools are developed for and co-designed with the community.

Our latest Snapshot has more information on who we are, why we’re doing this work, and our approach.


Brave Button

Smart buttons CONNECTING people at risk with peer support

Brave’s internet-enabled smart buttons allow individuals who live in supportive housing to connect with peer and staff support when at risk of overdose. By pressing a Brave Button located in their rooms, housing residents trigger an SMS alert system to inform supporters in the building, who will check on the individual within 3-5 minutes. 100% of participants in our 2018 pilot said they wanted permanent access to in-room Brave Buttons - and the buttons are now back permanently in their building.


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Be Safe

an APp for people using alone

Developed in collaboration with PwrdBy, Be Safe is an app that helps people at risk of overdose receive remote supervision when using drugs alone. Be Safe is designed for users in remote locations; the app offers unaccompanied drug users a network of resources not often available in rural or isolated settings. People requesting supervision through the app remain anonymous, their location is only revealed if it is necessary to keep them safe. Be Safe is currently being piloted in Vancouver. Sign up here for early access.




a digital overdose response network

The Responder app is a tool for facilitating remote community-response dedicated to overdose prevention. Through Responder, a person at risk of fatal overdose can connect with trained volunteer responders who have naloxone. Community response has already been responsible for the vast majority of life-saving naloxone injections in Vancouver. Currently in its pilot phase, Brave is testing whether Responder’s network of volunteers can frequently reach victims of overdose faster than 911.


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wearable technology that detects overdose

Brave’s hardware team is developing a wearable health monitor uniquely designed to detect individual overdose. Our challenge has been to design a non-invasive wearable device that can reliably track individual respiration rate, one of the most reliable early indicators of overdose. Brave’s engineers have iterated multiple prototypes and will be ready to test ODETECT in a controlled environment soon.