MAT – Is medications that can help treat cravings and prevent withdrawal. Mental Health services and Narcan are also available with this program.
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Missouri Highlands Health Care’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) grant providing Naloxone (Narcan) vending machines and/or wall boxes to local communities to help improve access to overdose prevention.
Missouri Highlands Health Care installed Missouri’s first self-service Narcan vending machine in the Butler County Health Department in Poplar Bluff, MO (May 2022). The vending machine accepts free “vouchers” which are displayed near the machine. Individuals are not charged a fee to receive the product and remain anonymous. The number of doses dispensed per individual is not limited so individuals can feel free to take what they need.
Missouri Highlands Health Care has since installed three additional vending machines in local organizations: Behavioral Health Group (Poplar Bluff, MO), Family Counseling Center’s Crisis Unit (Poplar Bluff, MO) and Family Counseling Center’s Piedmont, MO location. An additional machine has been purchased for installation at the Carter County Health Department. Missouri Highlands is working on a smaller solution for the Reynolds County Health Department, such as a newspaper vending machine or wall boxes, as their space cannot accommodate a large vending machine.
Missouri Highlands Health Care is working with a local dispensary and area gas stations to provide Naloxone wall boxes for their facilities. The request has been sent to the facilities’ corporate offices and is awaiting approval for installation. If approved, these additional locations will expand stigma-free public access to overdose prevention by allowing individuals receive life-saving Naloxone anonymously.
“This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number G2846259 and HB147071 with title Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Mental and Behavioral Health and Medication Assisted Treatment Access for grant amount $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”