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Artificial intelligence can help fight opioid addiction, says doctor



VANCOUVER—Artificial intelligence and machine learning could be a key aid in ramping up efforts to stem the overdose crisis, according to an American doctor and researcher.

Lisa Latts, deputy chief health officer for IBM Watson Health in Colorado, was in Vancouver last week to share her findings on how AI technologies are being used to better understand the complex web of factors behind issues like substance use.

The overwhelming increase in opioid addiction transcends traditional demographic boundaries, she said, making it challenging to track and anticipate in terms of its impact.

“Opioid addiction crosses socioeconomic status, it crosses racial lines … it crosses borders,” she told StarMetro in a phone interview. “Almost everybody knows someone who’s been affected.”
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Francesca Marocchino

Francesca is greatly interested by the blockchain technology and how to make the best use of it. She likes to study the positive and negative impact new technologies can have on our lives. Also very passionate about the IOT and the development of smart cities, she believes we can all innovate to shape our future and preserve our planet at the same time.

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