#ShipHappens is a winner of a 2020 Cross-Pollination Grant
What is “#ShipHappens” and how will it fill important gaps in opportunities and services being provided within STEM?
As an Indiana Innovation award winner in 2019, #ShipHappens has been able to utilize the social media platform Facebook to provide free on-line training in opiate overdose recognition and response utilizing Naloxone, free Naloxone and free shipping to any Indiana resident in need. #ShipHappens is able to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, directly addresses the issue of deadly stigma. Stigma that prevents communities from being able to move forward with Naloxone distribution through their local health departments, prevents individuals from hosting community wide trainings, and halts the implementation of other evidenced based programs related to harm reduction. A recent article on Medium.com stated that only 8% of current US cities have community-based Naloxone access, with a portion of those communities having the largest mortality rates related to overdose. By being accessible to any resident, #ShipHappens eliminates the access issue and increases the availability across Indiana.
#ShipHappens Founder, Antonia Sawyer’s son, Basil Sawyer helping package Narcan kits for distribution.
How have the members of the community that will be served by "#ShipHappens" been involved in building this proposal?
#ShipHappens has hosted a large Naloxone kit building party in October 2019 with about 100 community members coming together to build 690 Naloxone kits. We have also worked along side Mental Health America of North central Indiana to empower their participants to learn the risks of overdose, how to use Naloxone, while building kits for state-wide shipment. #ShipHappens also implemented a 2019 participant survey on the impact the program has had on their lives, as well as the circumstance surrounding their kit use. Some of the feedback received reads- "I have connected with #ShipHappens three times due to the lack of Narcan available in our community for individuals with a SUD She has never hesitated to help me help others" "I personally have saved 2 lives because of your program...thank you...I would of lost my wife if it wasn't for you guys"
#ShipHappens also maintains a friendly relationship with a majority of its participants. There are “Naloxone checks” made before major holidays, Facebook communications and volunteer opportunities that bring us together. When we travel, we reach out to organizations and people who have become close to the project, and are in the area available to meet. We make ourselves accessible to all and encourage people to share us with their networks.
We also keep all personal stories related to why participants are reaching out, expressing the impact #ShipHappens is having. Below is a story from a participant we have been given permission to share: “aww Thank u so much my daughter is in recovery for heroin she went to rehab for 4 months and then came home and it didn't work for her so she went back she wasn’t arrested and made to go back she chose to go back on her own but she had OD’d twice in one day and used your kit or her friends used your kit to save her life she told me about you so I really appreciate what you do for everyone and how you have saved her life more than once she was strong enough to go back to rehab to change her life I’m not sure how long she will be there but it doesn’t matter as long as she’s choosing to stay and help herself I love my daughter more than anything”
#ShipHappens partners with Mental Health America of North Central Indiana to provide Naloxone education and kit building at their monthly “Empowerment Circle”.
What progress has already been made?
Since its establishment in March 2019, #ShipHappens has been able to accomplish the following: Raise $5,148.31 in crowdfunding and grant awards, ship 496 Naloxone packages, train 977 individuals (in person and on-line) in opiate overdose recognition and response, and distribute 10,904 doses of Naloxone. There have also been 108 kits reported used to save a life. By providing a free on-line platform, #ShipHappens affords privacy for individuals seeking access to Naloxone and provides zero barrier access to the lifesaving medication. Leaving individuals to feel empowered and equipped to respond in an emergency.
Where can we find more about your community efforts online?
You can find #ShipHappens on Facebook.