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FAQs

Q: Is NaloxBox intended for free naloxone use to the public?

Yes and No. NaloxBox opioid reversal tools, including the naloxone kit, are intended for EMERGENCY USE ONLY.

Q: Does NaloxBox ship with the opioid reversal drug naloxone?

No. NaloxBox is neither a manufacturer nor distributor of medications.

Q: Where can I get naloxone?

Potential steps to furnish naloxone for your NaloxBox include:

  • Purchasing a kit at a Pharmacy under your state's Collaborative Practice Agreement
  • Contacting an overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program in your area for advice
  • Contacting your local or state health department's overdose prevention or injury prevention program for local resources

Laws have been passed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to increase public access to naloxone. Click here to view the Naloxone Overdose Preventions Laws enacted in your state.

Q: Can anyone, including staff or members of the public, use the naloxone kit if it’s not their own prescription?

Yes. By law, it is permissible for anyone acting in good faith to administer naloxone. Click here to learn more about the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Laws in your state.

Q: Can naloxone hurt an overdose victim if given?

No. Given how safe naloxone is, a victim of a non-opioid overdose, or an overdose caused by a mixture of drugs will not be harmed by naloxone. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., nonaddictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent.

Q: Do I need to be trained or a certified medical professional to administer naloxone?

No. You do not need to be a certified medical professional to administer naloxone. It's easy and it works fast.

Q: Where are the best places to install a NaloxBox?

Some populations are at particular risk for opioid overdose. NaloxBox collaborators have included community agencies such as opioid treatment centers and recovery houses as well as centers serving those experiencing homelessness, individuals transitioning from prison, and individuals battling addiction. Installations also meets the safety needs of more public-facing spaces including city and state offices, libraries, universities, sports and entertainment venues, and public transportation hubs.

Q: Can we reuse any of the items in the NaloxBox?

The items in the NaloxBox are intended for one time use only. You cannot reuse the barrier device or the naloxone kit. Please do not place used items back into the original NaloxBox unit. The intranasal/intramuscular instructional booklets are easy tear of guides. Each booklet consists of 50 tear-off guides which will serve for multiple uses.

Q: Are there instructions included on how to assemble/mount my NaloxBox?

Yes. We include a cabinet installation guide in all orders which gives detailed instructions on how to assemble both the inside of your NaloxBox and how to mount your NaloxBox on the wall. See instructions on how to mount your NaloxBox here.

Q: What else do we need to consider about storing naloxone in a NaloxBox?

Storage: Naloxone should be stored away from direct light and extreme temperatures.

Expiration Dates: Always check the expiration dates. Generally, the expiration date is up to 24 months from the time of purchase so consider how your agency will monitor expiration dates and replace expired kits.

Communication and Training: Staff may have many questions about overdose and administering naloxone. Your agency should have a clear method for communicating its policies to all staff and training staff how to respond to an overdose, including administering naloxone. It can also be helpful to designate a “point person” for questions and refresher training on overdose and naloxone at each site that carries naloxone.