If you visit a vending machine in San Diego over the next year, be sure it’s the right kind. Otherwise, you may end up at an overdose prevention station.
As relayed by The San Diego Union-Tribune, SD County will install a dozen machines by next summer, all dispensing Naloxone.
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. … Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine.
The first machine will be placed at the McAlister Institute South Bay Regional Recovery Center in Chula Vista. Other locations haven’t yet been named, but five more are planned by 2022’s end.
The drug — under the brand name Narcan — will be offered as a nasal spray. If it’s administered quickly, it can indeed save someone’s life.
In a statement last week, the county’s chief population health officer,…