ADAMH is working with community partners to install emergency overdose kits called NaloxBoxes in easily accessible and public-facing locations. Each kit contains two doses of naloxone, CPR masks and instructions on how to administer the medication. Training and ongoing maintenance of the boxes are provided through ADAMH providers, CompDrug and Southeast Healthcare. The project is funded through State Opioid Response dollars provided through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. To inquire about a NaloxBox installation, contact McKayla Elliott at email@example.com.
NaloxBoxes can be hung on the wall near other emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers and defibrillators.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of opioids, such as such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. Administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose, naloxone is a temporary treatment and its effects do not last long. Therefore, it is critical to obtain medical intervention as soon as possible after administering/receiving naloxone.
Instructions for how to administer naloxone in an emergency: