The Chisago Lakes Area Library recently partnered with the Steve Rummler Hope Network (SRHN) to become a Naloxone Access Point (NAP). Community members can now visit the Chisago Lakes Area Library during open hours to receive a naloxone and fentanyl test strip (FTS) kit, provided free of charge by SRHN.
Naloxone is a life-saving overdose reversal medication, and fentanyl test strips are used to detect the presence of fentanyl in both opioids and non-opioids. According to SRHN, “naloxone does not produce any form of intoxication, is not addictive, and has little to no adverse effects when administered- even to someone who is not experiencing an opioid overdose. Naloxone is safe and effective; emergency medical professionals have been using it for decades, but it has become increasingly important for naloxone to be more widely available in the wake of the opioid crisis. Thanks to Steve’s Law, anyone in Minnesota is allowed to carry the medication or administer it in a time of need.”
As a Naloxone Access Point, the Chisago Lakes Area Library provides anonymity to community members seeking kits. There is no personal or insurance information required to receive a free kit. These kits are a public health resource intended to help reduce opioid overdose deaths in our communities.
The Steve Rummler Hope Network also provides free training for organizations and individuals on the administration of naloxone, the medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Community members are invited to attend an in-person training at the Chisago Lakes Area Library on Thursday, April 11 at 6pm as we celebrate our new partnership with the Steve Rummler Hope Network.