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FDA App Would Help Victims Find Narcan

Overdosing on heroin or another opiate? Soon, there could be an app for that.

The federal government is hosting a competition -- a call for innovators who can develop a mobile phone application that will help a person having or witnessing an opioid or heroin overdose get the quickest access to the drug naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, which can reverse the overdose.

The competition seeks to align public health forces with technology experts as communities North of Boston and across the nation remain in the grip of a heroin and opioid epidemic.

Registration for the competition closed Friday and no late registrations are allowed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hopes to announce the winner by the end of this year, a spokesman said.

The FDA would not say whether anyone from this region had registered as a contest participant.

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