The perspectives of people with lived experience on the project worked naloxone distribution

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Ream, Natalie
Lewis, Rhonda K.
Vuong, Ngoc
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Ream, Natalie. 2024. The perspectives of people with lived experience on the project worked naloxone distribution. -- In Proceedings: 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 36.

The opioid epidemic in Wichita has claimed the lives of many and affected many more. Due to the lack of availability of life-saving harm-reduction tools like the overdose reversal drug naloxone or fentanyl test strips (FTS) used for identifying substances contaminated with fentanyl, the epidemic has been largely under-addressed. Because of this, Safe Streets Wichita has taken action to get these resources into the community for free. This program aimed to provide free Naloxone and FTS to the community to target areas heavily hit by the overdose crisis in Wichita. The goal of this research project was to collect feedback from individuals running and affected by Project WORKED to create an outline and create a stronger program in the future. The information was collected using one-on-one interviews with individuals close to the program as well as individuals served by the program. This poster will analyze the responses from people with lived experience with the opioid epidemic and people affected by the naloxone distribution program. The primary method of data collection used in the interviews was thematic analysis which yielded the following strengths and weaknesses repeatedly brought up by this group of interviewees. Firstly, the strengths: 1) Provided accessible naloxone and FTS to the community, 2) brought awareness of the opioid epidemic in Wichita to the community, 3) helped to make connections to support, resources, and community, 4) saved lives through the distribution of naloxone. Also, some areas of improvement: 1) Being undersupported and spread too thin across Wichita, 2) the program only provided intramuscular (needle administration) versus nasal naloxone, which was preferred, 3) requests to provide more links to care and resources with the supplies, 4) general underfunding of the program. The goal of this project is to provide a researched intervention to be implemented in other communities across Kansas.

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Presented to the 23rd Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 12, 2024.
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