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About Overdose Warning Network – Why it is Important

About Overdose Warning Network. The development of the Overdose Warning Network (OWN) by Chooper’s Guide and The Choopers Foundation was a proactive response to the lack of epidemiological resources that have been allocated by the Government to assess and address the opioid epidemic in the United States. We decided that an ‘intervention’ was needed to interrupt the legacy processes currently in use including the lack of standardized data collection and reporting methods, the absence of a Big Data platform to aggregate uniform indicator data currently collected by Federal, State and local Agencies and the lag time between data collection and dissemination which precludes the ability of the data to be used for its intended purpose of trend analysis and a forecasting tool. 

Currently, most policy, prevention and treatment planning are derived from treatment admission data, mortality data, drug violation data, price/purity data, morbidity data (HIV/Hepatitis C) however the data is not available real-time. We believe that integrated, standardized real-time data is critical to effectively address the global substance use epidemic and to reliably inform prevention, treatment and policy initiatives.

The Overdose Warning Network was designed to provide real-time data using standardized collection and reporting methods. We believe the incidence of opioid overdose is a critical indicator in assessing substance use incidence and prevalence and that the data derived from this application can be used to save lives.



Chooper’s Guide and The Choopers Foundation are pleased to announce the release of our new Mobile (IOS & Android) / Desktop APP – OWN. This is the first realtime overdose incident reporting system of its kind. It provides a platform to enter and track overdose incidents for first responders as well as an epidemiological tool for assessing incidence and prevalence of opioid substance use.

OWN is the first mobile and desktop application for first responders to enter overdose incident data. It has one data repository that will store opioid overdose incident data which will serve as an epidemiological indicator to provide incidence and prevalence data on opioid overdose data on local, state and national levels. It will be licensed by city/town, county or state.

The Overdose Warning Network was developed for First Responders including law enforcement, Hospital, Fire and EMS personnel and other individuals administering Naloxone in an opioid overdose event. It is also available for Android and iPhone. Download links for mobile Apps coming before Christmas.


  • To provide a real time platform to track the incidence and prevalence of opioid overdoses by location and the sociodemographics of the population.
  • To provide data for prevention and treatment capacity planning
  • To serve as an early warning system to alert healthcare, law enforcement, policy makers and citizens.
  • To provide a reliable data source for prevention and treatment budgeting
  • To provide a big data resource for research.
  • To provide reliable, real time data sets utilizing uniform data collection methods to inform public policy and legislation

 Comprehensive Overdose Incidence Reports

This APP will notifiy Law Enforcement, Medical and Emergency Personnel when overdoses occur in their town, city, county or state through a push notification alert. First Responders, Prevention and Treatment Personnel and policy makers no longer have wait for data . 

  • Zipcode
  • State
  • County
  • City
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age
  • PrimarySubstance
  • Secondary Substance(s)
  • Intervention Type
  • Intervention Outcome
  • Custom Reports (up to eight items)
  • Heat Map Incident Level Drill Down with Street Level
  • Push Notifications by City, County and State
  • New Locations
  • Provider Type (Law Enforcement, EMS, Family, Bystander , etc.)
  • Naloxone Route of Administration
  • Number of Naloxone Doses & Total Dosage Administered
  • Overdose Incidence Heat Map
  • Data Export Tools – CSV
  • Heat Map Incident Level Drill Down with Street Level
  • Push Notifications by City, County and State
  • New Locations
    • Canada
    • United Kingdom
  • Provider Type (Law Enforcement, EMS, Family, Bystander , etc.)
  • Naloxone Route of Administration
  • Number of Naloxone Doses & Total Dosage Administered


Reporting Subscriptions
Basic membership is free which includes incident reporting and incident location data by city and primary substance. There is no charge for overdose alerts. Subscription prices are based upon population and can be purchased by Organization (e.g. Police Department, EMS, etc.) City or by State. If more than one City Department will be generating reports then register as a City as the cost basis is determined by population of your City.
We have added a Membership Price Calculator for your convenience. 

Our Partners

The Choopers Foundation

Who We Are

Tim Cheney
Tim CheneyOwner & Site Architect

Tim is the owner of ENSO Recovery a MAT outpatient program with offices in Westbrook and Sanford Maine,  Chooper’s Guide, a comprehensive addiction treatment and information and resource web portal and The Choopers Foundation . He also owns and operates Clark’s Cove Farm & Inn in Maine. 

Tim has been involved professionally and personally with addiction treatment, research and advocacy for thirty five years and has been in continuous recovery since July of 1981.

He received a BA. from Boston University in Sociology (Summa Cum Laude with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), attended Yale Divinity School and holds designations of Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified International Personnel Consultant. 

Professionally, he has worked within the addiction industry as the Director of Research, City of Boston Drug Treatment Program, Acting Director of Boston’s largest Methadone Program and the Program Director at the Community Correctional Center in New Haven, CT.  He is a past member of the Community Correspondents Group (Now CEWG) as the Boston SMSA representative (five NIDA epidemiological publications). He also introduced Narcotics Anonymous into the Connecticut State Prison system in 1983 and was the first delegate for harm reduction advocacy at the 1979 NIDA conference in Seattle.

He was the Founder and President of two Connecticut based human resource and technology companies that he sold to an international public company where he served as SVP and Regional Executive and went on to become Chairman of the International Division and negotiated the staffing industry’s first cooperation agreements with the Chinese Government

Tim has been active in the substance abuse and child welfare communities for thirty two years. He serves or recently on the following boards or commissions:  Children’s Home Society of the Treasure Coast, Floridians for Recovery, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Substance Abuse Awareness Council of Indian River and is a Member of Leadership Council for the Association of Recovery Organizations (ARCO). Additionally, he is a member of the Kennedy Forum, an Advisory Board member for Orion Bionetworks and was recently seated by the Governor on the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission.

He is the recipient of the following advocacy awards:

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