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Rhode Island makes overdose treatment available in public spaces

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Will public spaces in cities in Rhode Island, such as Providence (pictured), soon be equipped with nasal sprays for drug consumers? Image source: Shutterstock (#150002120).

The opioid epidemic is growing in America, but Rhode Island is reacting with the implementation of a new tool to reverse the effects of overdoses. The NaloxBox, boxed supply of naloxone, the state hopes, will become as ubiquitous as defibrillators or even fire extinguishers.

Geoff Capraro, a Brown medical school professor and emergency room doctor, and Rhode Island School of Design professor Claudia Rébola came up with the idea after an influx of overdoses. The box contains four doses of the nasal spray.

This will help support the Good Samaritan Law of Rhode Island, and hopefully close the distribution gap in public places.

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