Littleton installs Narcan vending machine to combat opioid crisis

A new Narcan vending machine has been installed in Littleton. Courtesy North Country Health Consortium

By Granite Post Staff

April 17, 2024

Residents of northern New Hampshire can now get free naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, 24/7.

The drug, which counteracts opioid overdoses, is now available for free at a vending machine in Littleton outside the Mount Eustis Commons, across from the Littleton Food Coop.

Formerly a hospital, the building now houses the North Country Health Consortium, which installed the vending machine in collaboration with the UVM Center on Rural Addiction.

The vending machine is open 24/7 and provides up to three boxes of naloxone at a time, which is enough for six doses.

Related: Here’s how to administer Narcan.

New Hampshire saw 356 opioid-related overdoses last year and 463 in 2022. Many first responders in New Hampshire now carry naloxone, as local and federal governments have tried to make it more publicly available.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter nasal Narcan in 2023. The New Hampshire state health department has also pushed to increase access to Narcan by installing 700 boxes of the drug, called NaloxBox, on exterior walls of public buildings in every county of the state.

Meanwhile, the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition reported it reversed 1,459 drug overdoses in 2022 and 1516 last year through its programs.

 

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