Phone App Connects Community to Opioid Abuse Services

Premier Pulse     September 2018

A smart phone application has been developed to connect those suffering from opioid abuse to addiction and mental health support services.

Patients, as well as providers, law enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services are all encouraged to utilize the free “GetHelpNow Montgomery County” app to quickly identify treatment options. The app is available for download from the iPhone Apple App Store or Google Play for Android, or online.

The easy-to-use app presents an extensive directory of local addiction-related services, complete with directions from the user’s current location, contact information and direct call ability, a description of the types of services offered, and information about types of payment accepted (if applicable) – all searchable by ZIP code. Services listed in the app are presented in four categories: 24/7 urgent services, such as hospitals; treatment services; support services; and housing services.

The app was developed for Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services by Ascend Innovations, a medical technology venture formed and supported by the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, of which Premier Health is a member.

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