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'First aid kit for an overdose’: Coalition distributes lifesaving kits

February 26, 2024

By Olivia Neeley



Fire extinguishers and first-aid kits are readily available in emergencies. Pretty soon, a new kit will join a list of lifesaving tools in Wilson. This particular tool could help save a life in the midst of an opioid overdose. 


“It’s like a first-aid kit for an overdose,” said Jeff Hill, Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition executive director. 


The coalition recently purchased 200 ONEbox kits for distribution in strategic places throughout Wilson County. ONEbox is an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit that’s stocked with intranasal naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, as well as CPR masks, gloves and wipes. The kit has other features that officials say could be a game-changer for the Wilson community in its fight against the opioid crisis. It features video instructions — in English and Spanish — on how to administer the lifesaving antidote in emergencies. 


“As soon as you pull the tab, the video starts,” Hill said. “It’s like having a first responder there to walk you through the process. It can alleviate your anxiety and concerns.” 


The kit has a training mode that can be used in a non-emergency situation to educate people on how to administer naloxone in six minutes. 


“The training is in the box,” Hill said. 


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