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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!


    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

    Thanks to you AHOLE biden!

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Kilo of fentanyl found on children’s mats at Bronx daycare, 4 children overdosed, 1 year old boy dies



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Two Bronx daycare employees have been charged by federal prosecutors after fentanyl was found on top of children’s mats. The drug findings were connected to the poisoning of at least four children, all younger than 3 years-old. Tragically, one of the children, a one year old boy, died.

The two adults were charged with narcotics possession with intent to distribute resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute narcotics resulting in death.”This case reflects every parent’s worst nightmare,” New York Police Department Commissioner Edward Caban said in a statement. “These alleged drug traffickers brazenly went about their illicit business in one of the most ill-conceived locations imaginable, but they will be held accountable.”

The Center Square reports:

Prosecutors alleged that over the summer, Mendez and Acevedo Brito and others conspired to distribute fentanyl, including at a children’s daycare center in the Bronx. The complaint alleges the two “maintained large quantities of fentanyl, including a kilogram of fentanyl stored on top of children’s playmats.”

On Sept. 15, four children, all younger than 3 years old, appear to have experienced the effects of poisoning from exposure to fentanyl.

Before Mendez called 911 to summon medical assistance for the children, she called another person, referred to as an unnamed co-conspirator in the complaint. That person came to the daycare, stayed for about two minutes and then left out a back alleyway carrying two shopping bags. This happened while the children were unresponsive.

“Tragedy doesn’t begin to describe the events that took place at Divino Niño Daycare,” said Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino III of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division. “This death and drug poisonings are every parent’s worst nightmare and clearly define the danger fentanyl poses to every New Yorker.”

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