Do NaloxBoxes come stocked with the antidote drug named naloxone?
No. NaloxBox is neither a manufacturer nor distributor of medications. Each NaloxBox collaborator becomes the owner of the unit, is responsible for its stocking, proper use, maintenance, and must determine if the intra-muscular (shot) formulation or intranasal (nose spray) formulation is best for their setting. Then, they must purchase naloxone on their own, or work with public health agencies to furnish it.
Where are the best places to install NaloxBoxes?
Some populations are at particular risk for opiate overdose. Our first installations targeted community agencies serving the homeless, the hungry, individuals transitioning from homelessness or prison, and individuals struggling with addiction. Installations now include more public-facing areas, including municipal facilities.
Installations in public spaces with high foot-traffic, we hope, will raise awareness of naloxone rescue, reduce stigma, and build broader capacity to positively impact the epidemic of opiate overdose deaths.
Lastly, local, "front lines" knowledge of high opiate use areas and scientific, epidemiological modeling of high probability locations also should be used to strategically place NaloxBoxes.
How do I find a collaborators for installing NaloxBoxes, stocking them, and conducting trainings in my city/ town/ state/ province?
Many departments of health are highly energized to reduce the epidemic of opiate overdose deaths. In RI we found ready-made partners at the Naloxone Work Group of our Governor's Task Force and also through our coalition for the homeless. Find out who is engaged in naloxone distribution, community trainings, needle exchange, or drug addiction treatment in your locale. They are passionate about what they do. If that person is not the best one, s/he will know who to reach out to next.
Are NaloxBoxes for sale?
Not presently. If NaloxBox's Fall, 2017 new grant applications are funded, we wish to scale production and ship to collaborators at no cost. We'll ask only that the collaborator pay for shipping and sign a liability waiver.
If the grants are not funded, we do not know how we will proceed. It is hoped that a charitable sponsor might support the work.
NaloxBox is working to understand feasibility and regulatory requirements that might apply to scaled-up production sales and shipping if a sales approach is pursued.
If you would like to sponsor this initiative or know someone who would, or might know an established non-profit, committed to the NaloxBox mission, that might be interested in adopting NaloxBox please contact us!
Any other questions?
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