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Using AI and other Emerging Technologies to Fight America’s Opioid Epidemic

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Whether you’re a medical or healthcare expert, or simply a concerned citizen, we are calling on everyone to be part of the solution.” -- David Goodman (Chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission)

This event will offer you an overview of the magnitude of America's opioid epidemic destroying lives and communities across the country using data, case studies, and personal stories that will dispel some of the myths and misinformation around the stigma of opioid use disorder and addiction.

Attendees will then be introduced to how Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as other emerging technologies including machine learning, blockchain and VR, are being used to help all stakeholders on the front lines of the struggle to combat opioid addiction (addicts and their families, medical staff, law enforcement, politicians, educators, businesses, etc.).

Special guest speaker Sam Frons (a recovering addict and tech entrepreneur) will share her inspiring story and present her innovative startup, Addicaid, a personalized addiction recovery app and a collection of AI-enhanced addiction services for addicts and experts, by addicts and experts.

Together, attendees will discuss and tackle the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge (a global challenge presented by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission seeking new approaches and technology solutions that could help combat the U.S. opioid problem, whether they be from regular citizens or researchers and scientists). Everyone will have an opportunity to share their ideas and everyone is encouraged to participate.

[About the Featured Photo Above: A 25 year-old heroin addict shoots fentanyl (a synthetic opioid that is so powerful that merely touching it can send you into an overdose) laced heroin in her hotel room in Connecticut. Her opiate addiction began, she says, with Percocet prescribed after her wisdom teeth were removed. She has been addicted and estranged from her family for two years. Photo Credit: Fritz Hoffmann / Redux / eyevine]

A National Crisis in Need of Solutions

It's being called the deadliest drug overdose crisis in America's history. In 2016, opioid overdoses killed approximately 64,000 people (more than have ever died from car crashes, gun violence, or HIV/AIDS during any single year), becoming the leading cause of death among people under the age of 50. But that's only a part of this painful crisis. Over 97 million people used prescription opioids in 2015. Of that number, over 2 million people have an "opioid use disorder" that could become a full-blown addiction. But even as governors in states across the country declare a state of emergency to deal with the opioid crisis destroying their communities, and as Trump has officially declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the number of people dying from opioid addiction continues to rise at an alarming rate.

The crisis (years in the making) is so out of control, that studies are projecting that the worst is yet to come. Recent research published by STAT is projecting that as many as 6500,000 people could die from opioid addiction in the next decade (STAT forecast: Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade). And American is not the only nation being ravaged by an opioid crisis. Canada's healthcare system is feeling the burden of a paralyzing opioid epidemic, and there are concerns that the opioid epidemic is set to hit parts of Europe next. View the Opioid Crisis in the United States infographic HERE.

The Incomparable Sam Frons

The idea was to organize strategies that are relevant for people in recovery and reinforce the strategies through their peers. They all had a starting point in common – not that they all drank too much or smoked too much pot, but there was a similar driving point for their behaviors.” -- Sam Frons (via mmm-online.com)

Sam Frons (@samfrons) is ​a hopeful behavioral systems architect, educator & entrepreneur.

In her own words: "Hello fellow networking professionals! I'm a technologist by profession, artist by education, & fencer by athletics. I strive to live a life of gumption and contribute dutifully to society in the long-term on an as-needed basis.

With nearly a decade of experience in design technology and a lifetime of compulsive behaviors, I realized that there's a latent ecosystem of innovations waiting to be leveraged to create a streamlined solution for behavior change. Addicaid combines cognitive, clinical, and computational elements to enhance treatment methods that work and reinvent the ones that don't."

Recent Articles about Sam: How This CEO Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Treat Addiction (FORBES) / This app wants to reprogram your addiction (CNN) / Addicaid: Scaling a Digital Platform for Addiction Wellness and Recovery (HBS)

About the Ohio Technology Challenge

Tech 2025 Think Tanks are based on interactive, group problem-solving of real world problems using emerging technologies. One of our goals is to help people from all walks of life to discovery opportunities to participate in developing the technologies that are needed to solve the problems of tomorrow, today. Everyone can participate regardless of whether they are technologists or tech-novices.

The state of Ohio has put out a worldwide call to anyone and everyone to join them "in advancing innovation to combat the opioid crisis." According to the state of Ohio's government development website: "The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge will leverage $8 million of a $20 million commitment to advance new ideas in the battle against drug abuse and addiction. The Challenge is a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar prize competition with escalating prize amounts associated with progressive levels of solution development." Submissions should identify a problem or unmet need, and outline a possible solution regardless of how well-developed the idea. Ideas are encouraged from both professional experts and citizen scientists.

The deadline is December 15th. This event will introduce attendees to this challenge and give them an opportunity to explore solutions together.

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