Adopt a Box
RIDMAT, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 non-profit is working to increase access to naloxone in areas most in need of publicly available resources. There are many organizations that can't necessarily afford a NaloxBox and your donation will help ADOPT a BOX!
The NaloxBox mission is to improve the capacity of bystander rescuers to save the lives of victims of opioid overdose by increasing access to publicly available overdose response tools in indoor settings most in need of quickly accessible, public use naloxone. The NaloxBox units are durable, easy to recognize, wall-mounted enclosures that can be centrally located inside an organization to provide the tools and resources needed for individuals willing and able to help during an opioid overdose situation.
Opioid overdose is a medical emergency characterized by inadequate breathing which can lead to respiratory depression and hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen. This will lead to death if no intervention is made. Like other medical emergencies where bystanders can improve the outcome of the victim prior to the arrival of emergency services (i.e. cardiac arrests), opioid overdose victims can benefit from the early administration of naloxone. If we begin to treat opioid overdose like any other bystander enabled medical response, we will begin to reduce the stigma often associated with opioid overdose.
The early intervention by bystander rescuers with naloxone administration can reduce morbidity and mortality and help improve the outcome for the individual experiencing the medical emergency. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that when administered to someone experiencing an opioid overdose, removes the opioid form the receptors of the brain, blocks their effects and allows the individual to start breathing on their own again. The NaloxBox ships with bilingual opioid overdose recognition and response instruction cards and a barrier device for rescue breathing. These tools, in addition to the naloxone, can go a long way saving more lives from overdose by enabling lay responders to intervene.