Project CAN

Project CAN is a vital health initiative spearheaded by the divisions of Public Health Nursing & Epidemiology and Emergency Preparedness. Our mission is simple yet impactful - to equip Brookline residents with the tools and knowledge they need to save lives.

What is Project CAN?

Project CAN, short for Citizens Accessing Naloxone, is a program aimed at addressing a pressing concern in our community - opioid overdoses. We understand that quick and informed action is critical in these situations. That's why we are proud to provide free Narcan kits to all Brookline residents.

What is Narcan?

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. It is a safe and effective way to restore normal breathing to someone experiencing an overdose. By having Narcan on hand, you can be the difference between life and death in an emergency.

Who Should Have Narcan?

The answer is simple: anyone and everyone. Opioid overdoses can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, or circumstances. Whether you're a family member, friend, neighbor, or simply a caring community member, having Narcan available could mean saving a life.

How to Access Narcan Kits

Obtaining a Narcan kit is easy and confidential. Simply visit the Public Health building at 11 Pierce Street during our distribution hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Our goal is to ensure that every resident who wishes to have a Narcan kit can access one without barriers.

Upcoming Training Sessions

We are committed to not only providing the tools but also the knowledge needed to make a difference. This fall, we are offering comprehensive training sessions where you can learn how to properly administer Narcan and respond effectively in overdose situations. Join us on the following dates:

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Brookline Town Hall | 333 Washington Street

November 1, 2023, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Register to attend:

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Learn how to recognize and reverse an overdose using free lifesaving naloxone. Learn about Brookline's Project Citizens Accessing Naloxone (CAN) and save a life.

Reducing Harm Together: Beyond Narcan

At Brookline Department of Public Health & Human Services, we are committed to fostering a safer and healthier community. While providing Narcan kits is a crucial step, we believe in a holistic approach to harm reduction and prevention. Here are additional initiatives that you can be a part of:

Drug Take Back Day: Dispose Responsibly

Unused or expired medications pose a significant risk, not only to the individual but also to the environment. Our community's participation in Drug Take Back Day is essential. Safely dispose of your unused or expired medications at designated locations to prevent misuse and protect our surroundings.

We encourage every member of our community to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28, 2023. Your involvement helps create a safer environment for everyone while promoting awareness about the proper use and disposal of prescription drugs. Find a location to properly dispose of your prescription drugs.

Safe Sharps Disposal: Keeping Our Community Safe

Proper disposal of sharps, such as needles and syringes, is of utmost importance to prevent injuries and the spread of infections.

Within the Town of Brookline, there are three designated safe sharps disposal kiosks strategically placed outside prominent public buildings, including the Public Health facility, Public Safety building, and the Senior Center. These kiosks are provided by the town to ensure the responsible disposal of sharps, including needles and syringes. This initiative underlines our commitment to community well-being and health.

Press Release

Brookline Department of Public Health Launches Free Naloxone Distribution Program

BROOKLINE – The Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that it will be providing free Naloxone to residents.

Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. When given in time, Naloxone can restore breathing within 2-3 minutes in a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped due to an opioid overdose.

The Department has qualified to participate in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Community Naloxone Purchasing Program (CNPP). Full press release.