On October 18th, 2022, our Board of Selectman voted on approving the NaloxBox program in the Town of Ludlow. A NaloxBox is a small clear box labeled "Opioid Rescue Kit" that is mounted on the wall and contains four doses of Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan), a medication designated to reverse an opioid overdose. Each box is equipped with a rescue-breathing mask, medical gloves, and step-by-step instructions. If possible, NaloxBoxes should be mounted next to an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).
The purpose of the boxes is to provide Naloxone in public, accessible locations in the event of an overdose. It is important to note that using Naloxone has no adverse side effects, including if one were to use it accidentally on a person who is not experiencing an overdose.
Business and organizations interested in having a NaloxBox or Naloxone training can contact the Health Department at (413) 583-5600 ext. 1271 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Narcan, or naloxone, is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opiod overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids.
- Narcan (Naloxone) can temporarily reverse an opiate overdose.
- Narcan (Naloxone) comes in a nasal spray that is given in the nose.
- Narcan (Naloxone) takes 2 to 3 minutes to work and can last from 30 to 90 minutes.
- Narcan (Naloxone) is a safe medication.
- Even with the use of Narcan (Naloxone), you must still call 911 in the event of an overdose!
There is a standing order in Massachusetts for pharmacies to carry Naloxone, for which you no longer need a prescription from your doctor to obtain. If you are close to someone who is at risk for an opioid overdose and need to have Narcan (Naloxone) on hand, please contact one of the following:
- Ludlow Health Department at 413-583-5600 ext. 1271 or by email at email@example.com
- Learn to Cope at 508-738-5148
- Tapestry at 413-363-9472