Two Narcan vending machines have been installed in Chautauqua County. These machines will provide the life-saving drug, free of charge.

People can utilize the vending machines, which offer Narcan, Xylazine and Fentanyl test strips, along instructions for use, by entering the access code, year of birth and zip code on the vending machine keypad. Once unlocked, the vending machine will dispense up to three free Narcan boxes and test Xylazine and Fentanyl test strips.

The first machine is located at Dunkirk Express, located on East 5th Street in Dunkirk, and the other will be at Evergreen Health on Prather Avenue in Jamestown.

"Providing life-saving measures to the community is a testament to our commitment to providing harm reduction services unconditionally, in a nonjudgmental environment, ultimately meeting the community where they are," said Emma Fabian, assistant vice president of harm reduction for Evergreen Health. "Working with community leaders and advocates, we have been able to identify the areas with the greatest need to ensure Chautauqua County receives free access to life saving Narcan and Xylazine and Fentanyl test strips."

Both machines are located outside to allow for 24-7 access for those who need it. 

"Evergreen Health and the MATTERS Network are valued partners in the many collaborative projects underway to address addiction in Chautauqua County. Their leadership in acquiring and overseeing these two naloxone vending machines for the county means that residents in need have even more access to this life-saving medication," said Steve Kilburn, grant projects director for Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene and Social Services. "Because of our county’s various naloxone distribution efforts, hundreds of individuals, and thousands of family members, have been spared a tragic outcome due to an overdose."

These vending machines were made possible by grant funding through "Matters Network."