Names: Abrahim Abduelmula
Company Name: Second Breath
- Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Abrahim: I’m a 4th year nursing student here at the university of Windsor, so health care has always been a passion of mine, hearing about the opioid crisis in Canada didn’t really strike me as a huge issue until I was confronted with someone who has overdosed, it was then that I understood that this was much bigger than I had previously thought. This made me realize that we aren’t doing enough as a community to battle this crisis.
2. Tell us about your company
Second breath is a project that takes a community approach towards a long-standing problem. Every year the opioid crisis takes many lives in the form of opioid overdoses. As problematic as it is, often times first responders are unable to make it to the scene of the overdose in time. This results in many deaths and a heavy burden on society. Through the use of a drug called “Naloxone”, it is possible to reverse said overdoses. Naloxone is available as an over-the-counter drug but is still highly stigmatized in today’s society. This is where Second Breath strives to offer a solution. By pinging the location of an individual whom has overdosed and calling out to all holders of a Naloxone kit in the area, Second Breath effectively allows for help to arrive in a much timelier manner and possibly save a life.
3. Why do you feel the EPICentre Founders program will be beneficial to growing your company?
By giving me a place to really make connections and push the growth of my concept. I believe that the founders program will help me take my idea to the next level.
4. Why do you feel it’s important to have a company like yours in our community?
The mission of Second Breath is to bring a community initiative to a community problem to aid in fighting the opioid crisis. What second breath hopes to accomplish in the near future is integrating the app into communities in hopes of reducing opioid-related deaths and destigmatizing the use of naloxone in today’s society.
5. Where do you hope to see yourself and your company by the end of this program?
Hopefully by the end, we will have a working model to test in the community to help push the product forward and get some real data on how viable it truly is.