Overdose Detection Alert and Responder Technologies (ODART) 

The aim of the ODART Project is to promote activity to transform preventative care for those most at risk of drug-related death by exploring potential of four main workstreams: ​

1) detect the onset of overdose and alert a responsible person;​

2) overdose first responder; ​

3) community provision of naloxone boxes and​

4) remote addiction consultations.​

Following initial findings from the ODART project, two follow up projects have been funded:

Hear4U Scotland – Overdose Detection Responder App

Under the umbrella of the Digital Lifelines Scotland programme. This project is in partnership with the University of Stirling (project lead and evaluator), the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI)Alcohol & Drug Action (ADA – Aberdeen City) and Brave Technology Co-Op. It is funded by the Scottish Government Digital Health and Care Directorate. Here4U Scotland is a remote mobile application which is uniquely placed to help those who use drugs alone to provide them with support from private, anonymous non-judgmental people who are experienced in preventing drug related deaths. To find out more, please click here to visit their website.

OLE – OnLine Engagement through video consultations (Near Me)

(University of St Andrews)
The general aim is to increase treatment coverage and engagement with treatment of people who use drugs in Scotland, especially those at high risk of overdose. We will do this by:
1. Finding evidence for the core elements of digital interventions that enhance the therapeutic relationship. In other words, finding out what works to enhance the therapeutic relationship through digital platforms.
2. Proposing and adapting a tool to measure the improvements that the introduction of those core elements of digital interventions bring to the therapeutic relationship once implemented.
3. Identifying any ways in which the Near Me platform could be used more effectively to improve the therapeutic relationship and, consequently, engage more people who use drugs in treatment.


Last Updated: 13 October 2022