Opioid treatments to continue with lockboxes and naloxone kits

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (WEHT) In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID- 19, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction will supply opioid treatment programs with lockboxes and naloxone kits.

The lockboxes will enable Hoosiers, who are stable in their treatment of opioid use disorder, the ability to reduce their number of trips and time spent at an OTP to receive their daily dose of methadone.

OTPs are the only locations in the state with the authority to dispense methadone for treatment of opioid use disorder. Prior to this public health emergency, the majority of patients were required to visit the clinic every day for their medication. Every day, OTPs serve more than 10,000 Hoosiers in recovery from opioid use disorder with methadone, evidence-based therapies and other psychosocial services.

The lockboxes will secure take-home doses of methadone for people in treatment and help to reduce their exposure to COVID-19.

Naloxone will be issued with the lockboxes as a precautionary method. Naloxone is a life-saving antidote for a person experiencing an opioid overdose. State law requires anyone administering naloxone to call 9-1-1.

Right now, there are not any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Tri-State area.

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(This story was originally published on March 16, 2020)

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