COSSAP Webinar: Utilizing Smart Phone Applications to Support People with Substance Use Disorders in the Recovery Process

The widespread use of mobile technology has led to technological advances to support people who use drugs (PWUD) throughout the recovery process. Recently, there have been an increase in the number of smartphone apps individuals can freely download to help them, for example, locate naloxone, find treatment providers, and even when actively experiencing an overdose. This webinar will highlight three harm-reduction focused smartphone applications for PWUD. We describe the process of how these apps were developed, how each one supports PWUD, and how COSSAP grantees can leverage them to support PWUD in their communities.

During this session, we will:

  • Define harm reduction in the context of substance use and addiction.
  • Provide examples of harm reduction-based applications that support people who use drugs in moments of crisis and other challenges in the recovery process.
  • Discuss the availability of technology-based apps to support PWUD.


  • Lynette Clark, Director, Integrative Wellness
  • Cris Henderson, Research Associate, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Macy Simmons, Director, Addictions and Recovery Support Services, Integrative Wellness
  • Angie Smith-Butterwick, Substance Use, Gambling and Epidemiology Section Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh, FNAP, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, OpiSafe


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