Preventing overdoses in Kentucky with “NaloxBoxes”

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A local non-profit wants to help prevent overdoses in Kentucky.

Voices of Hope, a recovery community center, is sponsoring a campaign to distribute “NaloxBoxes”–boxes containing Narcan–to twelve businesses in Lexington, Louisville, Cynthiana, and Richmond.

The boxes appear similar to an AED, or emergency defibrillator box, that hangs on the wall.

“It’s a heavy-duty box mounted on the wall that contains doses of naloxone. These boxes provide the tools necessary to empower community members to respond to an opioid overdose,” said Program Director Amanda Fallin-Bennett, PhD, RN.

In 2020 alone, there were 2,104 opioid overdose deaths, according to Voices of Hope Program Assistant David Brumett.

Wednesday, Voices of Hope installed a box at Miracle Bubbles Laundromat in Lexington. The group is strategically placing these boxes at businesses where they believe there’s a great need for overdose resources.

“We’re trying to choose places where we know it’s needed. People out here are using, they’re dying every day, and we’re out here trying to make sure that they have access to Narcan so that they can save lives,” said Misty Major of Voices of Hope.

The group also distributes hygiene products, Narcan, snacks, water, and provides overdose response and recovery training.

NaloxBoxes have been ordered for some of Voices of Hope’s partner organizations:

Big Blue Vapor Shop in Nicholasville

Catalina Motel, Lexington

Central Kentucky Recovery, Cynthiana

Diva Gentlemen’s Club, Lexington

Ethan Health, Richmond

Boone’s Store, Louisville

Louisville Health and Healing, Louisville

Miracle Bubbles Laundromat, Lexington

New Leaf Clinic, Louisville

Pocket Change by Change Today, Change Tomorrow Recovery Cafe, Lexington

Roots 101: African American Museum, Louisville

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