Together, We Can Stop Overdoses.

Naxolone Access Now aims to address the opioid overdose crisis by making Narcan/Naloxone and testing strips more widely accessible. We repurpose used Star Tribune news boxes into “Save a Life Stations”. Our vision is to strategically place these stations in highly visible public spaces such as bars, restaurants, health clubs, co-ops, libraries, and retail locations.

Our Story

Two local longtime friends, Jim Barrett and Andrew Kamin-Lyndgaard, often spoke to each other about the opioid crisis. The pair wanted to find a way to help the community, particularly in terms of preventing overdose deaths. Out of their desire to help, they created “Save A Life Stations”—containers stocked with Naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses, fentanyl testing strips, and other supplies aimed at preventing overdoses and saving lives.

Why Naxolone Access Now

In 2021, it’s disheartening to note that bystanders were present at 46 percent of fatal opioid overdoses. Had they been equipped with Narcan/Naloxone and knew how to use it, lives could have been saved, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC].

Carrying naloxone is no different than carrying an epinephrine auto-injector (commonly known by the brand name EpiPen) for someone with allergies. It simply provides an extra layer of protection for those at a higher risk for overdose.

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Bystanders were present for 46% of fatal opioid overdoses in 2021.

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One in 7 Americans reports experiencing a substance use disorder.

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Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin
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Over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to opioids like fentanyl

Who Should Carry Naloxone?

If you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose, especially those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), you should carry naloxone and keep it at home. People who are taking high-dose opioid medications (greater or equal to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day) prescribed by a doctor, people who use opioids and benzodiazepines together, and people who use illicit opioids like heroin should all carry naloxone. Because you can’t use naloxone on yourself, let others know you have it in case you experience an opioid overdose.

Naxolone Access Now + Hue-MAN Partnership

We partnered with local community outreach coalition, Hue-Man Partnership, to address public health issues that have been identified as important to the community.

Working Together with Our Community

We partner with local and national organizations to spread awareness to the opioid overdose epidemic. If you would like to partner with us, please contact us. Together, we can save lives.

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Reach Out To Learn More & get Involved

If you have any inquiries, suggestions for new station locations, or would like to partner with us in our mission to increase accessibility to Narcan/Naloxone and testing strips, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can make a difference in our communities and save lives.

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Shedding Light on Our Life-Saving Efforts

Save A Life Stations Aim to Prevent Opioid Overdoses in Public Spaces

Jim Barrett and Andrew Kamin-Lyndgaard launched “Save A Life Stations” to combat the opioid crisis by providing public access to Naloxone and overdose prevention supplies. Transforming old newspaper stands into emergency stations, they aim to place these lifesaving kits in key community spots, making them as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers. Their initiative addresses the urgent need for accessible Naloxone, with the goal of reducing overdose deaths in Hennepin County. They’ve started deploying stations and plan to expand their reach, encouraging community involvement in overdose prevention.

From Newsstands to Life Savers: Our Mission to Combat Opioid Overdoses

Jim Barrett and Andrew Kamin-Lyndgaard have repurposed Star Tribune news boxes into “Save a Life Stations” as part of their efforts to address the opioid crisis. Since August 2023, they’ve equipped these stations with Naloxone and Fentanyl testing strips, placing them in public spaces to provide essential overdose prevention resources. Highlighting the statistic that bystanders were present at 46% of fatal opioid overdoses in 2021, they emphasize the importance of making Naloxone as accessible as fire extinguishers or AEDs, aiming to reduce overdose deaths and combat the stigma around addiction.

Old newspaper boxes become life-savers as Twin Cities self-serve dispensaries

For the last few months, the Jordan neighborhood association has hosted a naloxone dispensary outside of its headquarters in north Minneapolis. Wrapped in white and red, the “Save a Life Station” is a recycled Star Tribune newspaper box with the coin mechanism removed. Anyone can reach inside and take a naloxone kit — for reversing opioid overdoses — or fentanyl testing strips for free, no questions asked.

Naloxone Access Now FAQ

Save A Life Stations aim to prevent opioid overdose deaths in our community by providing free, easy access to naloxone overdose reversal kits and Fentanyl test strips. These stations are too be placed in public spaces where people might be at risk of an overdose or witness one.

Opioid overdose is a serious public health crisis. Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can reverse an opioid overdose if administered promptly. By making naloxone readily available in public spaces, we hope to save lives and empower people to help in an emergency.

Naloxone rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It works by blocking opioid receptors in the brain, restoring breathing and preventing death. Naloxone is safe and easy to use, and it has no effect on someone who is not experiencing an opioid overdose.

Naloxone has minimal side effects for someone who is not experiencing an opioid overdose. However, the person experiencing the overdose might feel discomfort as their breathing returns and the effects of the opioid wear off. It’s crucial to call emergency services immediately after administering naloxone.
Call emergency services immediately (dial 911) after administering naloxone. Stay with the person until help arrives and monitor their breathing.

We want these life saving boxes placed in any and all public buildings. Coffee shops, restaurants, churches, clinics, coops, office buildings, retail locations, public buildings of all kinds. We need your support of the community to place more of these stations in the community. Contact us to learn more.

Get Involved and See How You Can Make A diffference.

Feel free to reach out to us with any inquiries, suggestions, or partnership opportunities. We value your input and look forward to collaborating with you to make a positive impact in the fight against opioid overdose. We’re eager to meet with you to explore the possibility of collaborating on this critical issue.

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