Snapshot: S&T taps open innovation to identify new tools to combat the opioid crisis
The opioid crisis has devastated communities across the country, creating an unprecedented public health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a new report, indicating that the third wave of the epidemic is underway and overdoses from fentanyl are spiking. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is prioritizing swift interventions to help address the opioid crisis, and using open innovation to expediently source new tools to counter the supply side of the crisis.
In February, S&T launched the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55million prize competition calling upon innovators to submit novel plans for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail. The competition is in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
“The opioid crisis is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation, and S&T is committed to working with the top innovators to help fight this epidemic,” said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “We know that international mail is a major route for illicit opioids entering the country, and new detection tools will be critical for cutting off the flow of these dangerous drugs.”
The Challenge is open to international and domestic participants, as detailed in the rules, terms, and conditions.
About the Challenge: What types of solutions DHS is seeking
The Challenge calls on innovators in a wide range of fields, from chemical detection to security screening to artificial intelligence, to help disrupt the flow of opioids into the United States. Submissions should be well-developed plans for automated, user-friendly tools and technologies that have the potential …read more
From:: CBRNe World (CBRN)