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Modern Edge founder, Charles Austen Angell, shared a design thinking perspective in addressing the Opioid crisis with participants in the IDSA Medical Summit in Boston, MA on March 29th, 2018. His discussions on the technologies, legislative barriers, and challenges within this space challenged participants to think of new ways that they could be part of the solution to this crisis.

The opioid crises is dramatically escalating in the US. It represents one of the few areas of common ground in today’s political theater – We encourage you to get more informed and involved in addressing this crisis. If you have questions please reach out to us. You can download the presentation and relevant materials here:

Digital Hope: Design & the Opioid Crisis – Charles Austen Angell, Modern Edge Founder and CEO

Opioid Crisis Master List – University of Nebraska Medical Center
The University of Nebraska Medical Center put together a master list of programs, organizations, and other resources to get involved in the Opioid Crisis.

About the Epidemic – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The United States Department of Health and Human Services gives facts, figures, links and statistics to help understand the opioid crisis, and the responses of the federal and state governments.

The Far-Reaching Effects of the US Opioid Crisis – Brookings Institute
The Brookings Institute’s Brennan Hoban writes about the unexpected consequences and effects of the opioid crisis—from the decline in the labor force participation and escalated violence in Mexico, to political fallout and possible policies to mitigate the crisis.

Curadite  – Proactive Medication Adherence Platforms
Curadite empowers patients, clinicians, caregivers and family members to work together with the support of our intelligently linked, proactive medication adherence platform. Charles Austen Angell and Modern Edge have collaborated with Curadite across the spectrum of user research, UX/UI, design and engineering to create a nimble platform and family of products addressing adherence and support issues. Specific to the Opioid crisis, Curadite has developed a scalable opioid management platform that combines cellular-enabled packaging with usage reminders/messages, education, and incentives. With the design of custom packaging, Curadite provides increased access to Narcan, the lifesaving, non-addictive drug that reverses opioid overdose. According to Sarah Wakeman, MD, medical director of the Substance Use Disorder Initiative and the Addiction Consult Team at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, “Co-prescribing naloxone is important to ensure all people being prescribed opioids at risk for overdose have this lifesaving medication at home, similar to how we might think about co-prescribing glucagon to someone with insulin-dependent diabetes.”


Meagan Medical – Implanted Pain Management and Therapy
Meagan Medical believes that by offering alternatives to opiates and NSAIDS they can significantly reduce morbidity and costs. Modern Edge is collaborating with Meagan Medical and their partners to enhance the design and usability of this unique technology. The Meagan Medical team is committed to vigorously pursuing research and collaborative relationships in the areas of pain control, spinal cord stimulation and a variety of other neurological applications of electrostimulation therapy.

Healthcare Summit 2017: The Opioid Epidemic – Forbes Live
Thomas R. Frieden of the Center for Disease Control discusses the wide-ranging and sometimes surprising effects of the opioid crisis, including increases in overdoses of prescription drugs, the increasing prevalence of hepatitis-C and AIDS in relation to injection drug use, senior falls because of opiate use, motor vehicle crashes, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. A panel of doctors discusses how we got here, and asks the question “how do we close this pandora’s box?”

Susan’s Brain – HarvardX and Harvard Health Productions
An animation in National Geographic’s “The Short Film Showcase” explains how opioids effect the brain and how it leads to addiction.