New tool for overdoses: Emergency box with antidote
June 11, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Defibrillator boxes have become commonplace in public places as a way to help people having a heart attack. Now, a group in Rhode Island has come up with a similar idea for a different medical crisis: drug overdoses.
The NaloxBox is meant to give bystanders in public areas easy and quick access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Just as with a defibrillator box, the NaloxBox puts a lifesaving intervention in the hands of a layperson.
"That person could have no training at all," said Geoff Capraro, an emergency room doctor and faculty member at Brown Universi...