Las Vegas introduces Narcan vending machines to tackle opioid addictions

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LAS VEGAS (WIAT) — Narcan can now be obtained in vending machines in the Las Vegas valley. 
Nevada health officials say the easy availability of Narcan is making a major difference with opioid addiction in the southern part of the state. 

Narcan blocks the effects opioids have on the body and, in some cases, prevents an overdose. Being able to quickly get a hold of this medication can literally be the difference between life and death.

Krista Hales of the Center for Behavioral Health explained, “So Narcan, with it becoming more readily available in Nevada, it’s being used more often and we’re seeing a lot of reversals of overdoses.”

These specialized vending machines will also eventually have other health-related items like hygiene kits, safe sex kits and pregnancy tests.

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