Narcan Vending Machine at the Pulaski County Health Center located at 104 Ashley May Lane

Central Ozarks Medical Clinic (COMC) in partnership with the Pulaski County Health Center recently installed a Narcan Vending Machine at the Pulaski County Health Center located at 104 Ashley May Lane, Suite 102 in Waynesville. The Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting on April 27, 2023, to mark the occasion.  COMC applied for federal funding through the Rural Communities Opioid Response program. It was awarded $1 million worth of funding over three years, which COMC put toward prevention, treatment, and recovery. These funds were put towards the Narcan Vending Machines and the Narcan itself.  They recognized the harm reduction efforts throughout the country have been highly impactful but didn’t see that in our local communities.  Harm reduction means that we keep someone alive today to hopefully get them in recovery tomorrow.  COMC has vending machines in four counties, Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski.  The machine has free vouchers to use to receive a box that contains two doses.  It’s important for people to know that there is no tracking or surveillance around any of their vending machines.  The intent of Narcan in the machines is in emergency situations during an overdose situation or accidental exposure.  Each kit includes instructions on how to use it and information on follow-up care. The Narcan vending machine is located at 104 Ashley May Lane, Suite 102, Waynesville, MO.

Holding the scissors was Kelly Miller, MBA Chief Executive Officer. Also in the picture are Rebecca Muckelrath, MPA Chief Quality & Risk Officer; Anastasia Schimpff, Clinic Manager Osage Beach; Morgan McClure, Clinic Manager Satellite Locations; Mary Lingo, Clinic Manager Richland, Sabrina McAfee, MBA Chief Financial Officer; Kelly Birdsong, Manager of Network Development & Population Health; DawnElyn Schneider, Chief Network Development & Population Health Officer.  Representing the Chamber are Chamber Board member Brett Reith and Ambassadors Amber Box, James Breckinridge, Russ Dixon, Luge Hardman and Melissa Martinez-Sharp.  Also present was Pulaski County Health Center Director Deborah Decker and Waynesville Economic Development Coordinator Doug Potts.