Beyond the Save and our consortium member UP Coalition Network collaborated to purchase and distribute prescription drug lock boxes in the UP. The goal is to prevent opioid abuse by limiting access to these drugs.
Community partners including law enforcement, pharmacies, and health departments helped with distribution, and Range Telecommunications' security team transported the lock boxes from Marquette to other counties.
Narcan (also known as Naloxone) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly (but in some cases, only temporarily) restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
Syringe Services Programs (SSP) are community-based public health programs that provides clean needles and related harm reduction to individuals who use syringe drugs. SSPs are found to reduce drug use--people who inject drugs are five times as likely to enter treatment for substance use disorder and more likely to reduce or stop injecting when they use an SSP.
SSP sites are just beginning to emerge in the UP. Contact your local health department for more information.