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Naloxone boxes to be placed in Downtown Cincinnati in new bid to stem overdose deaths

Ever see a life-saving defibrillator in a case on a wall? Surely you’ve seen a fire extinguisher. Soon, you might be able to add this life-saving device to the list: a naloxone box.

The simple devices called AntiOD boxes, containing two doses of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and easy instructions in how to use the nasal spray will appear at various location in Downtown Cincinnati, possibly beginning as soon as this spring.

The new effort to prevent overdose deaths is the creation of Claudia Rebola, graduate studies coordinator at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and her students.

It’s more than a box with medicine inside to combat overdose deaths, she said. “It’s a way to empower people to take a role” in the opioid crisis.

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By Terry DeMio

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Naloxone boxes to be placed in Downtown Cincinnati in new bid to stem overdose deaths