Ohio is One Step Closer to Finding New Solutions in the Battle Against Drug Abuse and Addiction

Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge idea phase receives hundreds of potential solutions

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – As the death toll from the national opioid problem rises, Ohio has taken the lead in the search for solutions—turning to technology for innovative ideas. The state put out the call through the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge and received hundreds of responses from average citizens, scientists and healthcare professionals across Ohio, the U.S. and nine countries around the world.

    “This is a problem we’re all facing, and  only Ohio said, ‘Anyone with a technology solution, bring us your ideas,’” said David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “A good idea can come from anywhere. We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to present their solutions so that we can find new ways to address this very difficult issue and hopefully save lives.”

    Among the top five ideas is a neurofeedback program that examines brain activity to help those recovering from addiction. “We can show someone what is happening in a certain part of their brain and then use visualization tools and games to suppress or amplify that activity. This helps them control cravings and prevent a relapse,” said Kelly Cashion of the University of Dayton Research Institute who’s researching neurofeedback.

    Cashion’s idea was one of five that rose to the top of the list in the idea phase of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. The others include an addiction assessment app that would identify patients who are at higher risk for opioid abuse, an augmented reality system that helps patients rehab from injury without pain medication, a mindfulness-based smoking cessation therapy adapted for opioid addiction and a virtual reality program to prevent addiction in teens and young adults.

    “We’re hoping that these ideas become the solutions for tomorrow,” said Goodman. “Making advancements in technology is one more way to ensure we leave no stone unturned.”

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Yong Pei (right) demonstrates his technology for patients in rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery. His augmented reality system that helps patients recover from injury without pain medication was chosen as one of the top ideas in the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge.

Kelly Cashion analyzes brain activity recorded during a neurofeedback session. The University of Dayton researcher suggested a program to help those recovering from opioid addiction train their brain to fight cravings and avoid relapse.

David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and Chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, meets with colleagues to discuss the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, which received hundreds of ideas from around the world to help find solutions to the opioid problem.

Judson Brewer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, UMass Medical School and Founder, Claritas MindSciences

Kelly Cashion, Research Software Engineer, University of Dayton Research Institute

Dr. Yong Pei, PhD, Co-Founder and CTO, Kinematechs LLC

David Murray, Founder, The Edification Project

Lee Barrus, CEO and Director of Marketing, InteraSolutions

Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Ohio Third Frontier