Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-12-03 16:31:37 –
Richmond, Kentucky (LEX 18) — You may have seen them while shopping for Christmas in the Richmond area. They look like defibrillator boxes that you might see in your office or business. The Naloxbox program started in Lexington in August of this year and has moved south.
“Our service is based on what our community needs, and the community needs it,” said Rodney Richardson, Chief of the Richmond Police Department.
Eleven red boxes were distributed to Richmond’s voluntary business owners. Each box contains a dose of Nalcan / Naloxone that helps offset opioid overdose. In Lexington, some of those boxes are already cracked.
“Since August, we have been reported at least two separate times when someone saved their lives through Naloxone, Nalkan,” said David Brummett of the Voices of Hope.
Lexington’s Voices of Hope has launched this initiative here in partnership with the MORE program (Madison Opioid Response and Empowerment). The police station was happy to help.
“Our ambulance service is always quick and responsive here in Richmond, and we’re lucky to be able to do that,” said Richardson. “But research has shown that there is a difference of about 4 minutes in response time. 4 minutes can make a big difference when someone can’t breathe or is overdose.” He added.
Placing the Naloxbox within the enterprise is expected to close the gap between overdose and the arrival of EMT. As mentioned earlier, Lexington is already working as planned.
“If bystanders suspect that a person is overdose, perhaps if their lips are blue or unresponsive, they can enter the business and grab that Narkan from the box there, 9- You can manage it as you call it 1-1, of course, “Brummet explained.
This program will inevitably save at least one life here in Richmond. There, Chief Richardson shows the need for Narkan.
“From January 1st to September of this year, our department responded to 142 service requests for which Narkan was used,” he said.