July 8, 2020
(From left) Award winners from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Umang Jain of Fairfax, Vyomika Gandhi of Aldie and Justin Choi of McLean: "Our product aims to prevent the onset of opioid addiction through our secure pill dispenser, but also injects Naloxone through micro-needle patches to save lives when an overdose is detected." (Photo taken students' junior year, 2019-2020 before COVID-19.)
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Local students earn top award at global competition.
The Challenge: In Fairfax County, opioids are the number one cause of unnatural death. According to the Virginia Department of Health Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the proportion of all overdose deaths that include fentanyl and fentanyl analogs is higher in Fairfax than all of Virginia.