Helena unveils opioid overdose medication vending machines
Three new opioid overdose medication vending machines are now in operation in Helena thanks to grant funding received by Lewis and Clark County and collaboration among community partners, the city announced Thursday.
The new machines will make naloxone available to anyone who needs it free of charge.
“Thanks to collaboration by the Helena Police Department, Helena Municipal Court, and Lewis and Clark County’s Department of Criminal Justice Services,” a vending machine has been set up on the first floor of the Law and Justice Center, in the Department of Criminal Justice Services’ reception area, and at Good Samaritan’s Our Place Drop-In Center, according to a news release from the city.
Placement of the vending machines is part of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s efforts to address opioid misuse disorders.
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Helena Police Chief Brett Petty and Helena Municipal Court Judge Anne Peterson are both active members on the council.
Petty said the primary goal is to eliminate opioid use in the community.
An opioid overdose medication vending machine stands in Our Place Thursday afternoon.