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To take action against the dangers of opioids and work towards preventing death in our community due to overdose, Naloxone dispensing kits will be permanently placed at three city buildings for public use in case of emergency.
Nalox-ZONE boxes are expected to be installed this summer at Green Bay City Hall; 100 North Jefferson Street, Green Bay Police Department; 307 South Adams Street, and Green Bay Metro Fire Department Station 1; 501 South Washington Street.
“We are grateful to be able to partner with the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery to provide opioid overdose reversal kits in publicly accessible areas of our community,” said Mayor Eric Genrich. “The public health threat posed by fentanyl and other opioids is real and growing, and it’s important for us all to do our part to prevent overdose deaths among our citizens.”
Naloxone, which is also commonly known as Narcan, blocks the opioid effects from the brain, quickly reversing overdoses and saving lives.
In 2022, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the Green Bay Police Department collectively administered 305 doses of Naloxone, and according to the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office, 46 people died in the city as the result of an opioid overdose.
“Naloxone is vital in our treatment of the many patients who find themselves in the grip of the opioid epidemic,” said Green Bay Fire Chief Matthew Knott. “Our goal is to provide a critical lifeline to those struggling with addiction and provide resources for treatment and recovery.”
Each Nalox-ZONE box contains a rescue kit of two doses of naloxone nasal spray, a CPR barrier device, instructions, and resources for local treatment and recovery programs.
“Across the nation, first responders are on the front lines of the efforts to protect the loss of life from fentanyl and opioid overdoses,” said Green Bay Police Chief Chris Davis. “We are incredibly grateful for the efforts of the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery and the Nalox-ZONE program for working to save lives every day.”
For information on locally based, confidential, drug abuse recovery, visit The North East Wisconsin Area Of Narcotics Anonymous.