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BeSafe App - for people using alone

August 13, 2020

The BeSafe app is designed to prevent overdoses for those who are using alone

Brave’s mission is to prevent overdose death through connection and technology. All of our tools - detailed below - are developed for and co-designed with the community.

 

Designed to prevent overdose death for anyone using drugs alone, the BeSafe Community app does, however, require people to have access to a smartphone and an internet connection.

Use of the app is anonymous and private, unless and until an overdose occurs, at which point the Caller’s location will be shared so that help can be sent.

It works as follows (more info at the dedicated website linked below):

  • a person pushes a button in the app to connect by voice with a Supporter;
  • the Caller and Supporter establish and agree a Rescue Plan and stay on the phone until the Caller is no longer at risk of overdose, at which point the Caller is able to end the call.
  • if the Supporter ends the call, or is disconnected, the Caller is connected to a back-up Supporter.
  • if the Caller becomes unresponsive the Supporter notifies the Caller, through the app, that help is being called, and the Caller is given an opportunity to respond (if they have not, in fact, overdosed).
  • if the Caller does not respond, their location, together with additional information such as a preferred contact, is disclosed to the Supporter, who can connect with emergency and community responders to send help.

The BeSafe app is available publically as well as for community organizations, such as supervised consumption sites, harm reduction organizations and drug user unions, to roll out private communities to their clients and members, and anyone can apply to be a Supporter.

To download the app and learn more visit: https://www.brave.coop/besafe

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