Narcan available in Las Vegas vending machines

Narcan available in Las Vegas vending machines
The Las Vegas area has a way to battle the opioid crisis in the state: Narcan inside vending machines.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV/CNN) – 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 the medication can be the difference between life and death.

"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," said Krista Hales with the Center for Behavioral Health.

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

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