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$50,000 grant from Clark County Opioid Abatement Council will support naloxone vending machines

By Chrissy Booker, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 14, 2024, 6:00am

Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health has been awarded more than $50,000 from the Clark County Opioid Abatement Council to support its network of naloxone vending machines.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The organization first launched the Narcan vending machine network in November 2022 to increase access to the medication across Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties.

The funds will also provide medical and harm-reduction supplies and implement youth prevention training in Clark County, according to a news release.

“Since November 2022, our network of naloxone vending machines has made significant strides in increasing access to this lifesaving medication across Clark County,” SWACH Executive Director Nichole Peppers said in a news release. “This new funding allows us to expand these efforts, providing not only Narcan and medical supplies, but also vital youth prevention training.”

For more information, visit southwestach.org/vending.