RapidSOS Partners with Overdose Alert Cooperative for Quick Emergency Response
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | Comments

Brave Technology Coop, the cooperative behind a suite of tools and services that detect accidental overdoses and alert frontline responders, and RapidSOS announced a partnership to reduce the risk of accidental drug overdose fatalities for individuals across the United States.

Built in partnership with public safety, RapidSOS’s emergency response data platform securely links life-saving data from more than 350 million connected devices and platforms directly to 9-1-1 nationwide. The RapidSOS integration with Brave’s tools and technology, including the Brave Button and Brave App, gives Brave users the option to connect with 9-1-1 in an emergency. In addition to location information, RapidSOS also supports the secure sharing of details like the caller’s profile and their emergency contact to increase the amount and accuracy of data first responders can obtain during a call.

“Everyone deserves access to the help they need through a fair, purposeful flow of information without fear of judgment or legal repercussion,” said Oona Krieg, chief operating officer (COO) at Brave. “This shift will help empower people who use Brave’s tools to receive frontline responder help easily through the RapidSOS Platform at a time when they are most at risk. It will be instrumental in reducing accidental overdose deaths. At Brave, we design interventions that prevent accidental overdose deaths while providing much-needed harm reduction connections to the healthcare system. Our partnership with RapidSOS will allow us to increase our reach, impact and ability to support communities with proximity to emergency services across the United States.”

Each year, more than 250 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the United States, relying primarily on the limited context of a phone call. This can result in delays in dispatch and under-informed first responders. Together, Brave and RapidSOS will not only improve encounters between first responders and callers but also empower people who use drugs to maintain their safety and ensure that those at risk of accidental drug overdose have access to the help they need, when they need it.

“We’re united in our commitment to creating a safer, stronger future where technology and people work together seamlessly to protect and save lives,” said Vivas Sundaram, general manager at RapidSOS. “Together with Brave, we’re providing people who use drugs with an added layer of safety and security, and we’re supporting our first responders in saving millions of lives annually.”

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