NCHRC's Community Based Overdose Prevention Project
Since the Overdose Prevention Project (OPP) became operational August 1, 2013 NCHRC has dispensed over 38,000 free overdose rescue kits that include naloxone (as of 3/7/2017) and have received 6,268 confirmed reports that the life saving medication was administered successfully by lay individuals. Currently, the OPP has over 170 volunteer contractors who dispense the overdose rescue kits throughout the state.
While NCHRC would like to distribute free overdose rescue kits to everyone, the realities of a limited budget require our agency to prioritize people with a high risk for overdose. Free overdose rescue kits are only available to the following groups of people; active IV drug users, people on medication-assisted treatment, people who are formerly incarcerated with a history of opiate use, people engaged in sex work or people who identify as transgender.
The “911 Good Samaritan/Access to Naloxone” bill allows for a standing order distribution, meaning that medical practitioners can dispense naloxone without the provider present. Also known as SB20, the 2013 law lifts the fear of calling for medical assistance in the event of a drug overdose. Under SB20, witnesses and victims of an overdose have limited criminal immunity from prosecution for small amounts of most drugs and paraphernalia that may be found as a result of calling for help. The immunity also applies to underage drinkers who seek help for alcohol poisoning, but the caller must give their real name and stay with the victim.
As of August 1, 2015, a person who seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug overdose cannot be considered in violation of a condition of parole, probation, or post-release, even if that person was arrested. The victim is also protected. Also, the caller must provide his/her name to 911 or law enforcement to qualify for the immunity.
Locations to pick up free overdose rescue kits in North Carolina are:
Far Western Carolina: Franklin, Murphy, Cherokee- Contact Stephanie Almeida <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Western Carolina: Asheville, Clyde, Waynesville, Arden, Weaverville, Marion-Contact Conner Adams <email@example.com>
Foothills: Hickory/Morganton-Contact Hyun Namkoong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Central Carolina: Charlotte-Contact Hyun Namkoong <email@example.com>
Triad: Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem-Contact Hyun Namkoong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Triangle: Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Carrboro, Apex and Cary-Contact Hyun Namkoong <email@example.com>
SE and Central Coastal Carolina Area: Wilmington, Ayden, New Bern, Jacksonville, Brunswick County, Rocky Point, Pamlico-Contact Hyun Namkoong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Southeastern Carolina: Lumberton, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, Aberdeen, Wilson, Middlesex Contact James Sizemore, <email@example.com>
Wilmington/Brunswick County-Contact Robert Childs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeastern Carolina: Roanoke Rapids- Contact Hyun Namkoong <email@example.com>
Pharmacies in NC that dispense naloxone under a standing order through NC Harm Reduction Coalition
**Note naloxone at the pharmacy is NOT free**
ALL Rite Aid stores in North Carolina
Western NC: People's Drug in Taylorsville, Lowry Drugs in Statesville, Smart Pharmacy in Franklin, Walmart 10-1242 in Hendersonville, Gates Pharmacy in Mt. Airy
Central Carolina: Genoa Store 10968 in Charlotte,
Triad area: Siler City Pharmacy in Siler City, Asher McAdams Drugs in Burlington
Southeastern NC: Rowland Old Pharmacy in Rowland, Walmart on Cliffdale road in Fayetteville, Brisson Drugs in St. Pauls,
Wilmington: Seashore Pharmacy, Winterpark Pharmacy
Eastern NC: All Medical Park pharmacies (Morehead City, Beaufort, Greenville, Newport and Washington)