‘Naloxbox’ Overdose Equipment Put in in Shelby County – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Shelby County is the newest company to install nalox boxes in public spaces to help tackle the ongoing opioid epidemic.
A Naloxbox is an emergency overdose kit that is available 24/7 and is placed on the outside wall of a public building such as a community center, church, or non-profit organization. Each clear acrylic box is filled with six to seven doses of Narcan or Naloxone, the one-time nasal spray that reverses an opioid overdose. The boxes also contain instructions for use and treatment referral cards.
The two in Shelbyville are located at All Souls Church at 105 North Vine Street and between two nonprofit organizations at 26 West Broadway Street next to the fire station.
The boxes are the result of a partnership between the state of Indiana and Overdose Lifeline, which Governor Eric Holcomb announced in February. Funding is provided by the Mental Health and Addiction Department of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration through the State Opioid Response Grant.
Ryan Keys, Lifeline’s COO for Overdose, says the partnership offers enough kits to accommodate two in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. He says 66 districts have already expressed an interest in installing one. He hopes all counties will embrace the free help and overcome the stigma and occasional disapproval of the Indiana opioid crisis.
According to Keys, if boxes are installed, they are already in use. The first box was installed in Marion County at the Indiana Interchurch Center (1100 W 42nd Street, Indianapolis) more than a month ago. Keys said six cans were pulled out this week alone.
He hopes that the people who pull cans are not just drug addicts or people with addicted friends or family members, but also people who work at gas stations, restaurants or in places where public interaction is high.
“One of the restaurant owners said he found someone on the bathroom who was using it and he thought he was dead and the paramedics came over there using naloxone and he went out,” Keys said. “It was wonderful. So you don’t know when and where, but it’s out there.”
“We are determined to raise awareness of the need for viewers to wear this life-saving drug,” Governor Eric Holcomb said in a February statement on the nalox boxes.
According to Keys, his agency is working with community partners to place boxes in strategic areas. For example, his team used a Marion County Health Department heat map that indicated EMS overdose calls to find hotspots in the county.
Businesses or municipalities interested in obtaining a NaloxBox should contact Justin Phillips, Founder and General Manager of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. at [email protected]
According to Keys, boxes have so far been requested for Anderson, Angola, Aurora, Batesville, Bedford, Chesterton, Columbus, Commiskey, Connersville, Crawfordsville, Crown Point, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greenfield, Indianapolis, Marion, Nashville, Scottsburg, Sellersburg. Shelbyville, South Bend, Terre Haute, Vincennes, West Baden, Westfreetown, West Lafayette and Winimac.
You can also view an interactive map of the boxes installed here. According to Keys, it can take some time for newly installed boxes to appear on the map.
First responders, families, caregivers, and others who wish to receive naloxone supply can register online.