Student-Run Nonprofit Creates App to Prevent Opioid Overdoses


A group of nine Ohio State students is working to create an app to save lives from the opioid epidemic by identifying and notifying users of drug batches that have been contaminated with highly lethal chemicals in the Columbus area. 

The Supporting Ohioans throughout Addiction and Recovery Initiative has partnered with Columbus Public Health and the Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan to create and launch the Deadly Batch app, as well as other life-saving measures, according to a press release from the SOAR Initiative. The anonymous alert function is already available, and the rest of the app is planned to be finished by the end of September, Pranav Padmanabhan, a third-year in public health and geography and executive director of the SOAR Institute, said.