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Rescuing opiate overdoses one box at a time

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What is NaloxBox?

The NaloxBox mission is to improve the capacity of bystander rescuers of an opiate overdose to save a life by strategically placing these innovative smart cabinets in settings most in need of quickly accessible, public use naloxone. 

Each NaloxBox is designed to accommodate 4 doses of the potent antidote for opiate overdose named naloxone (brand name Narcan®), and is shipped with mask for giving rescue breaths, gloves, and information on how to obtain personal naloxone and how to access addiction treatment. 

Our Partners

We have partnered with several organizations committed to help with the opiate crisis. These organizations have adopted NaloxBoxes in their facilities: Amos House (Providence, RI), McCauley House (Providence, RI), House of Hope (Providence, North Providence and Pawtucket, RI), Pawtucket Housing (Pawtucket, RI), Nine Yards (providence, RI), Open Doors (Providence, RI), West Warick Health Equity Zone (West Warwick, RI), Lucy´s Hearth (Middleton, RI). 

Prevent Overdose RI is an initiative of the Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), and Brown University School of Public Health

We believe our model of partnering with community health organizations already actively engaged in trainings in overdose recognition, rescue, and naloxone distribution is the best method for expanding capacity to target populations and moving toward public access naloxone. Our work would not have been possible without the partnership of the PONI program of Miriam Hospital in RI, and Michelle McKenzie- who generously stocked naloxone and trained staff and clients with us at partner organizations.

Prevent Overdose RI is tracking the adoption of NaloxBoxes in the state of RI. Please visit the following link to see where NaloxBoxes already have been deployed: http://preventoverdoseri.org/get-naloxone/ .

 

 
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NaloxBox Contents

There are two types of NaloxBoxes:

The "NaloxBox Classic" features an attractive clear front lid with NaloxBox graphics, a Velcro latch, a CPR mask for rescue breathes, gloves, instructions, and strapping to accommodate up to 4 doses of naloxone.

Naloxone reverses the deadly effects of opioid medication if given promptly enough and in adequate dosing. It can resolve extreme drowsiness, loss of consciousness, and absent or slowed breathing, The relief may be only temporary, and bystander use of naloxone should never substitute promptly accessing emergency medical care. Call 911. Connect the saved victim with addiction services and personal naloxone.

The CPR Pocket Mask Kit is designed to provide protected rescue breathing for any patient, in any age group. The mask helps in protecting rescuers in an emergency situation and in overcoming the hesitation to start resuscitation. Packaged in a red hard case. May also be used with a resuscitator. 

The "NaloxBox Texts" version contains all the aforementioned items and also is equipped with a proprietary custom smart system so that each NaloxBox latch opening triggers a text message to the unit's owner signaling the date and time that the unit was opened, and the need to inspect, and possibly restock the unit.

 

Four Doses of Naloxone (Narcan)

Four Doses of Naloxone (Narcan)

CPR Mask

CPR Mask

Custom Smart Cabinet Design

Custom Smart Cabinet Design

 

 

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Our Story

NaloxBox was born when Geoff Capraro, MD, MPH reached out to Industrial Design experts at the Rhode Island School of Design for help on how to best supply bystander rescuers with critical tools needed to save the lives of opiate overdose victims. Geoff worked initially with Professor Soojung Ham and two undergraduate students in Industrial Design via a Special Topic Studio course, and then with Dr. Claudia B. Rebola to design, develop and prototype NaloxBox. Together, they developed the design of NaloxBox, especially focusing on a high volume, low cost and smart deign of the NaloxBox cabinet. 

The first 84 NaloxBoxes were produced with the support of two mini-grants in Drug Overdose Prevention awarded to our team in 2017 by the RI Department of Health. Now NaloxBox seeks to improve bystanders' capacity to save lives beyond the mini-grant efforts and outside of RI by independently manufacturing and distributing NaloxBoxes.