Governor's office issues Ohio opioid technology challenge
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The challenge came from the Governor's office -- find different ways to use technology to fight back against the state's devastating opioid crisis.
"We wanted to make it very simple, " said Development Services Agency Director David Goodman. "Anyone with ideas on how to address the opioid issue could come forward and submit them to us. "
The ideas poured in from all across the US and from nine different countries.
Five top winners during this first challenge received $10,000 to research their ideas.
"We are seeking technological solutions to save lives," said Goodman.
Kelly Cashion works at the University of Dayton. Her research on brain activity received one of the grants.
"Addiction is a disease that resided in the brain, " Cashion said.
She's testing neurofeedback which is the retraining of brain activity.
"Parts of your brain have gotten so hooked on dopamine that you're not able to derive pleasure from other activities, just the drug," said Cashion.
So the hope is to use neurofeedback to re-balance your brain.
But, $10,000 dollars can only go so far. She's now applying for the state's next challenge which is $200,000 up for grabs.
For more information on the state's 'Opioid Challenge': https://development.ohio.gov/bs_thirdfrontier/ootc.htm