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New app coming to Alberta aimed at preventing drug overdoses

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EDMONTON, AB – The hope is some new made-in-Alberta technology will help prevent drug overdoses.

Testing will begin this summer in Calgary for a new mobile app, designed by the Alberta Government, that’s meant to protect those who use illicit drugs while they’re alone.

The Digital Overdose Response System or DORS app will trigger a call from the STARS emergency centre if the person doesn’t respond to a timer.

Jason Luan, Alberta’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, says emergency crews will then be dispatched in the event of a presumed overdose.

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“This app will also provide information on national/provincial addition recovery support services like the virtual opioid dependency program. This application has the potential to do so much good for people who are using substances while alone, often at home,” stated Luan at a news conference Tuesday.

In 2020, data shows 70% of overdose deaths in Alberta happened in private homes and this new app is meant to change that trend.

As for STARS Air Ambulance, the organization says it’s pleased to be part of the DORS app in an effort to dispatch emergency help much quicker.

After the testing phase is complete, the goal is to have DORS rolled out across Alberta next year.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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