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Eliza struggled with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). She died on her 26th birthday of an opioid overdose. 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. This is a disease that is treatable with medications, therapy but most importantly, understanding and compassion.

Our Idea

Eliza’s Watch will simply monitor motion and sound an alarm if non-responsive to an elevating series of alarms. An optional companion smartphone app can alert selected trusted contacts and optionally 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 all 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.

The Team behind Eliza’s Watch NIH/NIDA

Channel 22 News Springfield – Interview

“This looks unbelievably smart”

Dr. Ruth Potee

“On the path to recovery this is the missing link”

Liz Whynott – Director of Harm Reduction – Tapestry Health

“It’s like a personal safe house”

David E. Sullivan – Northwestern District Attorney