NaloxBoxes will help provide immediate emergency supplies for the public to use in case of an opioid emergency. Due to the emerging presence of fentanyl in the local drug supply, SLO County's overdose deaths tripled from 2017-2021. Opioid overdose happens as a process – breathing slows down before it stops. For some opioids, this process can occur minutes to hours after use; fentanyl overdoses can occur seconds to minutes after use. The sooner the individual receives naloxone, the better the chances for survival.
This resource will provide ready access to the life-saving medication, Narcan (nasal spray version of naloxone), while EMS is en route to the emergency.