MetroHealth and the ADAMHS Board Partner to Install NaloxBoxes Throughout County to Reduce Fatal Opioid Overdoses
The MetroHealth System and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County are partnering to install boxes filled with Naloxone (also known as Narcan) at locations across the county in an effort to reduce fatal opioid overdoses.
The first four NaloxBoxes were installed this week. They eventually will be available at several locations, including some public buildings, hunger centers, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers and other places. Modeled after AED defibrillators in public buildings, each NaloxBox contains two doses of Naloxone and directions how to deliver the opioid-reversal drug through a nasal spray.
“The opioid epidemic has continued to rage through the COVID pandemic, and in many ways has gotten worse,” said Dr. Joan Papp, director of MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety. “Making Naloxone easily available in the community will save lives. Anyone can turn their life around with treatment but first, they have to survive their overdose.”
“The public is focused on the pandemic, but the Opioid Epidemic has not gone away. In fact, it has been exacerbated by the pandemic and we have seen a drastic increase in overdose deaths as a result,” said Scott S. Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer of the ADAMHS Board. “These deaths are not statistics, these are our family and community members. Having public access to naloxone will help to reduce deaths related to opioid overdose in Cuyahoga County. Lives can be saved through these efforts and as long as people are alive, they have a chance for recovery.”
Workers from MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety filled the boxes with Naloxone and are distributing them beginning Wednesday. Participating locations include the B. Riley Sober House, Bishop Cosgrove Center and Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, among others.
The goal is to eventually distribute up to 100 boxes throughout the county. Anyone interested in possibly receiving a NaloxBox in the future should contact Beth Zietlow-DeJesus at (216) 479-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
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