Startups Using Agility, Experience, to Move the Needle on Opioid Crisis
From a social network for addicts to robots that test sewage water for traces of drugs, startups and private companies are applying innovative solutions to one of the nation’s most pressing problems — its opioid epidemic. Over 11.4 million people have misused prescription opioids, and more than 130 people die daily from opioid-related drug overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Startups have a unique advantage over healthcare systems in tackling the crisis. Startups are nimble and apply new technologies, while established, institutional systems may be slow to apply a new idea.