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Campuses experiment with making free Naloxone available to combat drug overdoses

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The pandemic has exacerbated the use, overdoses and deaths of illicit drug use; primarily among our youth. In a desperate attempt to curb the raising fatality rates, experts claim it is time to experiment, particularly on college campuses and universities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average age of those who died in 2019 of drug overdose was only 22-years-old. Overdose numbers across all ages have only increased as the highly potent Fentanyl is being used to cut street drugs and is flooding into the United States, primarily from Mexico.

The University of Texas at Austin’s director of the PhARM Program Claire Zagorski notes the dangers of current synthetic opioid use such as fentanyl. Students using “are just unfortunately doing so in a very dangerous time in the drug market” said Zagorski.

Just last October the school and community mourned the death of  Texas Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger who died of an accidental drug overdose.

The deaths of students increasing at an alarming rate has given Zagorski and others the idea to experiment with making naloxone available for free, beginning at the University of Texas. Although Zagorski said “we are not hearing about a lot of confirmed reports among students at UT” the “reality is we are most certainly seeing more than we are hearing about.”

Zagorski says the little data they have on overdoses on campus might not be showing the full picture but having access to life saving resources like Naloxone can help. Naloxone was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse opioid addiction. When someone is overdosing, if emergency Naloxone is administered in a timely manner, it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of drugs such as heroine, morphine and oxycodone.

“Naloxone is a fantastic medicine,” Zagorski said. “It is the antidote to opioid overdose.” Initially, Naloxone was put into residence halls, then expanded into the library. Plans to increase Naloxone’s availability around campus is believed to be, quite literally, the only antidote.

Kami Johnston, student director of Operation Naloxone, said “What Operation Naloxone does in the school of pharmacy is we hold campus-wide trainings. So we train people how to recognize an opioid overdose, how to respond to it, how to use Naloxone.”

 

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  1. Dr. Strom Homberger ED Specialist

    May 2, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Great News! Ole Fentanyl Floyd has been drug and crime free for 707 days now!

  2. MYXSES

    May 3, 2022 at 11:47 am

    So, the answer is still TREAT THE SYMPTOM(s) NOT THE CAUSE! WRONG! The CAUSE is a generation running amok of law & order! Get the DRUGS under control by controlling the FLOW (and the US families who benefit from the FLOW)! CLOSE THE BORDERS and ARREST all who VIOLATE the LAWS of the US!

  3. Stephane

    May 3, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Why not STOP THE EFFING DRUG AT THE BORDER?????????
    Thanks to you AHOLE biden!

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Thousands of pounds of meth seized from vegetable shipments in one week from one border location

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized large quantities of methamphetamine this month alone at just one cargo facility located in Otay Mesa, California. Law enforcement officials warn that this month’s thousands of pounds of meth were smuggled in none other than vegetables.

A shipment of peppers and tomatillos being driven by a 27-year-old male with a valid border crossing card driving a commercial tractor-trailer was stopped by CBP officers, reports The Center Square:

At first glance, the shipment appeared to contain only peppers and tomatillos. But after a K-9 unit screened it, officers examined the trailer and found a box containing a crystal-like substance. Additional officers were radioed to provide assistance and began extracting package after package hidden under the produce. They found 3,594 packages that were tested and identified as methamphetamine. The stash totaled 3,671.58 pounds.

At the same facility and in the same week CBP officers uncovered another massive load of meth being smuggled inside a shipment of carrots. The Center Square reports:

They stopped a 44-year-old man, also a valid border crossing card holder, driving a commercial tractor trailer hauling a shipment manifested as carrots. Officers unloaded the cases of carrots and found suspicious packages hidden underneath, which were tested and identified as methamphetamine. Overall, they seized 574 packages weighing approximately 2,900 pounds.

In both instances, the meth and commercial tractor-trailers were seized; the drivers were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

The Center Square writes that Mexican cartels for decades have devised creative ways to smuggle drugs and people into the U.S., including “task saturation” and “migrant warfare,” according to authorities. Surging resources in one area to leave the border open in another area enables cartel operatives and gangs they work with to commit a range of crimes. Another tactic is hiding people and drugs in trucks, including behind or under produce, to bring through ports of entry.

 

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