In response to the ongoing opioid crisis, Steuben County has announced that it will be installing several naloxone wall boxes throughout the county for emergency use. The Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee and the Institute for Human Services have provided 21 emergency overdose wall units that will hold Narcan (naloxone).
Four of the units will be installed at Corning Community College, with others to be placed in other areas of the county with higher-than-normal overdose rates in the coming weeks. Each unit will have up to four boxes of naloxone and will be easily accessible in case of an emergency.
The county has stated that community partners will be responsible for monitoring the units and letting the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee (SPCOC) know when they need to be refilled.
“Having the emergency wall units and making Narcan readily available is essential to saving lives,” said SPCOC Coordinator Connie Terry. “CCC should be commended for being the first to take the leap to install wall units in Steuben County.”
In light of the opioid epidemic, it is crucial to reduce the time and distance to emergency services, and the installation of the naloxone wall boxes is a step towards addressing this issue in Steuben County.
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