New tool to fight addiction

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Heroin use has become the illegal drug of choice for many addicts across the country and right here in Central Ohio.

Heroin overdose deaths are at their highest in the last decade.

A local intern at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has come up with a way to help heroin addicts and all they have to do is have their cell phone handy.

Brandy Spaulding says she wanted to create something that would help addicts 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

So she came up with an app that allows addicts to do a number of things to cope with their addiction.

They can send text messages to family members and friends when feeling tempted to use heroin.

They can also read testimonials on the app from other former addicts.

The app can also monitor the user’s mood and stress level.

Spaulding explains that she wanted to create something that most people would find easy to use.

“I thought well what if there was an app. We’ve got to use some type of mobile technology. Everybody’s always got their phone in their hands. You know even the patients here always have their phones and their hands,” said Spaulding.

The app was launched in the Google Play Store on May 6th.

It can be used on all android Smart phones.

It can be found by searching “heroin addiction recovery app.”

Click on this link to download the app. http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/patient-care/healthcare-services/mental-behavioral/addiction-drugs

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