Implant Reduces Opioid Overdoses

Implant Reduces Opioid Overdoses
A bioelectronic implant able to detect dangerous levels of opioids and release naloxone automatically could help prevent death from overdose.

The device, created by a team of researchers as part of the National Institute of Health’s HEAL initiative, is about the size of a small USB thumb drive. It is implanted under the skin, where it continuously tracks blood oxygen levels to detect the signs of an overdose. If an overdose is imminent, the implant will automatically release its cargo of naloxone as an emergency response.

Implant Reduces Opioid Overdoses

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