Old newspaper dispenser boxes have been repurposed at Ferris State University (MI) to now hold emergency Narcan/Naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. The emergency nasal spray is provided to qualifying parties for free by the state of Michigan and is available at both on- and off-campus locations thanks to the Central Michigan Recovery and Education Network (CMREN).

“Narcan saves lives, which is so necessary due to the rise of opioid use, including drugs like Fentanyl, which continues across the country, through direct or unintended means,” said CMREN project director Gail Bullard, a professor of health administration at Ferris State’s College of Health Professions. “Our area is not immune and Naloxone being readily available is essential.”  

She added, “A next step to protect our campus community will be to place ‘NaloxBox’ acrylic wall-mounted dispensers wherever there is an Automated External Defibrillator in place.”  

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