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Smart City Strategies for the Opioid Crisis

As members of a caring inclusive community Calgarians will strengthen their role as friends and good Samaritans to achieve a 50% reduction in overdose fatalities within the next 5 years through enhanced prevention and emergency response.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

The most obvious is the topline statistic of lives saved from which there are significant potential benefits to be achieved - both quantitative and qualitative, everything from emotional and material cost avoidance in coping with fatalities to increased population well-being, sense of community, and family cohesion.

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

"As mentioned, this is an enormous and complex challenge. While health providers, social agencies and first responders do amazing work with existing tools and strategies we could explore ways to support these groups and augment/complement these approaches through smart city technologies.

By way of a few potential examples:

- The use of machine learning and predictive analytics to better determine locations and times of greatest risk;
- The use of mesh networking, sensors, and/or wearables to turn the City into a giant 'call for help' button;
- Location-aware tools to better connect people living with addictions to a caring community of peers, social agencies, and/or first responders;
- Providing better access to supports for traditionally at-risk populations the through the use of blockchain technology;
- New online community tools to better celebrate experiences and stories in overcoming addictions;

and many more...should we choose to focus on this challenge."

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