SAGINAW, MI—A brand new Naloxone merchandising machine has been put in by the Saginaw County Well being Division so as to assist fight drug overdoses and to assist improve consciousness of the hazards of fentanyl.
The machine is situated in the principle foyer of the well being division (1600 N. Michigan Ave.), is freed from cost and is the of its type throughout the Nice Lakes Bay Area.
The merchandising machine dispenses fentanyl check strips which may detect the presence of fentanyl in avenue medicine and Naloxone (often known as Narcan), a life-saving opioid overdose reversal device that bystanders can use to revive a person lengthy sufficient to get paramedics on the scene.
The merchandise are free to anybody, no questions requested and no identification required, throughout Well being division enterprise hours: 8 a.m. to five p.m. Monday via Friday.
Pointing to the 299% improve in opioid-related deaths in Michigan since 2011, Saginaw County Well being Officer Christina Harrington mentioned the out there sources will assist fight the difficulty.
“Overdose deaths are a growing public health concern,” mentioned Harrington “In 2020, 2,171 Michiganders died by opioid overdose – 55 in Saginaw County alone (…) Improving access to life-saving supplies by housing this vending machine in our building is an easy yes for us!”
The merchandising machine and its contents are notably designed for anybody, together with mates, household, and neighborhood who know or work together with somebody in danger for opioid overdose together with these:
- Taking excessive doses of opioids as prescribed for ache
- Residing with opioid use dysfunction
- Misusing opioids prescribed for others or utilizing illicit opioids like heroin or fentanyl
The merchandising machine venture is a part of an ongoing partnership between SCHD and the CAREring Fast Response Crew (made up of the Michigan Well being Enchancment Alliance, Ten16 Restoration Community, Cell Medical Response and different companions).
Program help for the merchandising machine was funded by a grant from the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers.
“This is an incredible opportunity to get help and hope into the hands of not just people who use opioids or other substances, but every community member,” mentioned Andrea Foster, chief of workers and director for program growth, opioid response with the Michigan Well being Enchancment Alliance.
“Naloxone is vital to battling the opioid crisis and lethal doses of fentanyl are turning up in more and more substances. You never know when you may need to save a life.”
Saginaw now joins Ann Arbor, Jackson and several other northern communities in providing free Narcan and fentanyl check strips from a merchandising machine. Further grant funds could also be used for future naloxone merchandising machines. These inquisitive about putting in a merchandising machine in Bay or Saginaw counties might contact Andrea Foster for extra data at [email protected].
Should you or somebody you already know is battling opioid abuse, name SAMHSA’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Extra from MLive: