Hope homeless center getting opioid emergency boxes
Opioid emergency boxes are being installed on every floor of all Hope Center buildings. The Hope Center in Lexington provides a variety of services for the homeless. Each box has two doses of Narcan to be used in the case of an opioid overdose. David Brumett is Voices of Hope program coordinator.
“This gives someone immediate access to Narcan because in the case of an opioid overdose, time is everything. So, if someone could receive Narcan, and then the paramedics could be called sent to respond to that. It potentially could save their life,” said Brumett.
Voices of Hope helps people in recovery stay in recovery by providing no-cost support services. Brumett said the possibility of an overdose is heightened within the homeless population.
“If someone were experiencing homelessness and they didn’t have a very large support circle ideally, there might not be someone around to administer the Narcan and save their life. So, that’s why we wanted to increase the accessibility,” said Brumett.
Several of the 19 opioid emergency boxes have already been installed in Hope Center facilities.