Eliza struggled with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). She died on her 26th birthday. Due to the stigma surrounding OUD she, like so many other people dying of accidental overdose, was using alone.
She did not want to die, she did not need to die. This is a disease – treatable with medications, therapy and compassion.
Eliza’s Watch will monitor vital signs and alert a friend, family, care giver and emergency Medical Services when someone is in danger of an overdose.
Eliza did not let addiction define her. She was a full time college student and worked a rewarding job serving the elderly community.
She was active in her recovery – often shuttling others to and from meetings. She knew no strangers, and was always quick to see the good in people.
She was smart, beautiful and funny but above all, compassionate about helping others.
In her name, we are building a device that has your back when you are using. You are not alone, not on Eliza’s Watch.