Free Narcan vending machine now available in Phoenix

To try and prevent deaths from fentanyl, a free Narcan vending machine is available in Phoenix.

“This will save lives and everybody should have a kit in their medicine cabinet,” Elizabeth Moyer, director of Integrated Substance Use Disorder Services at Valle del Sol said.

The vending machine is set up at Valle del Sol’s South Phoenix center at 1209 S. 1st Ave. Both the nasal spray and injectable versions of naloxone are available for pick up.

Each package of the reversal drug has instructions on how to use it. Both the injectable version and nasal spray can help save lives.

“(It) opens up the opiate receptors—which is what is causing the overdose, is that they’re constricted,” Moyer said. “So it’ll open up those opiate receptors and it will put them into withdrawal. Following up with medical care afterwards is important.”

Valle del Sol offers services and treatment for those struggling with substance use but anyone picking up a package of Narcan from the vending machine is not required to seek services.

Valle del Sol is also hoping to place another vending machine at its Mesa location near Country Club and Brown in the coming months, Moyer said.