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DePauw University has become the first college campus in Indiana to install a NaloxBox, which provides quick access to the life-saving nasal spray naloxone to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

The NaloxBox is located at the entrance of the parking lot at the corner of College and Olive streets. Anyone in need of naloxone can easily open the box to retrieve one or more kits, which contain a dose of nasal spray, instructions and information about local resources. DePauw Health Wellness Center staff will monitor the box to ensure that it is always stocked.

DePauw partnered with the Overdose Lifeline, which receives funding from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, to install the boxes throughout Indiana. DePauw’s new NaloxBox adds to the two boxes already located in Greencastle at the Putnam County Public Library and Robe Ann Park. 

“We are grateful to the Overdose Lifeline for its work to educate and protect individuals from the harms related to opioid misuse,” said Julia Proctor, associate dean of student wellness. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, naloxone, which also goes by the trademarked name Narcan, can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription medicines. It can be administered by anyone, regardless of medical training, and it does not cause harm if administered when an opioid is not the cause of the emergency. 

“Overdose Lifeline is excited to have the partnership with DePauw University allowing for access to this life saving medication. In the current overdose crisis, individuals are overdosing from more than just opioids due to the presence of fentanyl in all drugs. This access will save lives,” said Justin Phillips Executive Director of Overdose Lifeline.

Individuals concerned that someone is experiencing a drug overdose should immediately call 9-1-1, administer naloxone and stay on scene until law enforcement or emergency medical services arrive. Good Samaritan laws in Indiana protect individuals concerned that they or an overdose victim will be prosecuted for drug violations when a suspected overdose is reported to authorities. 

For those who need help or referral to treatment, send your zip code via text message to 435748 (HELP4U) to find help nearby. To find other places to access naloxone visit www.OverdoseLifeline.org.

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