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£5 million fund to tackle fatal drug deaths across the UK


Twelve projects awarded a share of £5 million to reduce rates of fatal drug overdoses, as part of Vaccine Taskforce style approach to tackle health challenges.

Twelve projects awarded a share of £5 million to reduce rates of fatal drug overdoses, as part of Vaccine Taskforce style approach to tackle health challenges.


  • Projects will look at how artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies can detect overdoses to alert healthcare professionals, family and local communities to provide emergency life-saving support to people who use drugs

  • Technology to support those in need and contribute towards Prime Minister’s priority to cut waiting lists

People at risk of drug deaths could be saved by overdose detecting AI or antidote dispensing drones after the government awarded a share of £5 million to projects aimed at tackling fatal overdoses.

As part of the Reducing Drug Deaths Innovation Challenge, which aims to reduce drug-related deaths across the UK, the Office for Life Sciences is investing in 12 promising projects to develop technologies aimed at improving detection, response or intervention in potential drug-related deaths.


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