Dr. Geoff Capraro wants to give bystanders the tools to save lives in the event of an overdose.
That’s the idea behind NaloxBox LLC, which Capraro started with Dr. Claudia B. Rebola. The duo has designed cabinets, called NaloxBoxes, containing breathing masks and doses of the antidote naloxone, which is often referred to by the brand-name Narcan.
“The hope is that people can be resuscitated more promptly,” Capraro said.
The company started a year ago and has already received grants to set up the boxes throughout the state.
Capraro, a practicing emergency-medicine physician, sees the opioid crisis worsening with the influx of fentanyl, a deadly depressant often mixed with heroin to create a more-potent narcotic.
He wants to locate the boxes where overdoses are common, and is in the process of determining best practices.
“The first dose of naloxone is more important than ever,” he said. “Fentanyl has become so pervasive that the high number of deaths continue.”