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ODMHSAS Places First Life-Saving Vending Machine

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in partnership with the Tulsa Day Center, will bring life-saving resources to the Tulsa community through a new harm-reduction vending machine. Nearly 300,000 people report a substance use disorder in our state. It’s time to stop the stigma and empower others to seek help.

The community of Tulsa and surrounding towns will soon notice an eye-catching vending machine, containing Naloxone and Fentanyl Test Strip Kits at the Tulsa Day Center.

Media members are invited to the Tulsa Day Center, 415 W Archer St, Tulsa, OK 74103, to see where the vending machine will be installed at 2:30 pm on June 28, 2023.

ODMHSAS will place 40 unique vending machines in strategic zip code locations where overdose prevalence is high, making this the largest-scale initiative in the U.S.

The Tulsa vending machine marks the first vending placement in Oklahoma.


Accidental overdose is now the leading cause of death for people in the U.S. under 50. The Harm Reduction campaign seeks to reduce the number of accidental overdoses in Oklahoma through education, awareness, and access to resources like Naloxone and Fentanyl test strips. In 2020 alone, drug overdoses increased by 31%, with nearly 92,000 lives lost that year. More than 70% of these overdoses were driven by opioids, including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, binding to opioid receptors to reverse and block the effects of opioids. Fentanyl test strips are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in various types of substances. Both are available to Oklahomans statewide free of charge.

“Our hope is that people are educated about substance use disorders and that they understand what free, live-saving resources are available within reach,” Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges said. “We believe each Oklahoma household can benefit from having essential tools like these Naloxone and Fentanyl Test Strip Kits on hand, as most of us know a friend or loved one who has been affected by accidental overdose.”

"We are grateful and pleased to partner with ODMHSAS in providing and making available these critical harm reduction resources to our clients,” said Tulsa Day Center Executive Director Mack Haltom.

The CDC reports that nearly 40% of overdoses had a bystander present who could have intervened, conveying the importance of ensuring all Oklahomans have access to these life-saving resources.

While nearly 300,000 Oklahomans report having a substance use disorder, the statistics show that about 90% of individuals who receive evidence-based treatment report they get better.

“Substance use disorder is a chronic, treatable disease that individuals can recover from and go on to live healthy lives when provided with effective tools, which is why it’s critical for us to provide free and easy access to treatment in the state,” Slatton-Hodges continued.

In addition to the vending machines, Oklahomans have access to free Naloxone online, too. For more information and access to resources, visit


ODMHSAS operates a comprehensive network of statewide programs dedicated to meeting the needs and improving the quality of lives of all Oklahomans through efficient and easily accessible services. For individuals faced with mental health and addiction challenges, ODMHSAS offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive community-based treatment continuums in the U.S. In addition, the ODMHSAS prioritizes prevention and recovery programs aimed at promoting well-being and reducing substance use to help enhance protective factors across every Oklahoma community. 

ODMHSAS Communications

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