Want to know about a 'bad batch' of heroin? There's an app for that
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A group of Baltimore teenagers is working to tackle the heroin epidemic in the city.
The text app is called “Bad Batch” and it aims to alert heroin users when a bad batch of heroin hits the streets.
The alerts are based on data collected by the city and EMS crews. When there is an uptick in overdoses in a specific area, “Bad Batch” notifies subscribers.
Charlotte James says it’s similar to an Amber Alert.
The students are part of code in the School which is a program created by Gretchen and Michael LeGrand.
Michael brought up the idea to his young coders who began to work on making the text app a reality back in October.
Nineteen-year-old Kenneth Williams said: “On Saturdays, I come here for three hours to work on Bad Batch.”
Davon Harris says he looks forward to the day when he’s in another city and someone brings up the app.
Alerts have already started to be sent out. For additional information you can text “join” to 952-BB-Alert. The information remains anonymous and is encrypted as well.