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SOU adds more 'life saving' Narcan kits on campus

Students can find more Narcan kits on campus this year. This medicine can save the life of someone who overdosed on opioids.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 3:53 AM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 7:30 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- SOU increased the number of Narcan kits on campus this year. There are now 20 kits spread across different buildings and dorms. This medicine can save the life of someone who overdosed on opioids. 

Narcan is also called Naloxone. Each kit is put next to an AED or a fire extinguisher so students can easily find them. The University said any students can take one of these kits, no questions asked. Students noticed the kits around campus and said they're a good investment in case there's an emergency. 

"You never really know what's going to happen," said senior Allie Stines. "They're super easy to use as well. If you have the ability to save a life in a pinch and they're easily accessible, I think anything like that is a great investment."

Nursing students first made the push to put Narcan on campus. The kits have been on campus for a year now and throughout that time, one kit was used. 

For more information about the percentage of students who abuse opioids, click here

How to use a Narcan kit

Narcan is a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose. The Narcan kits SOU has around campus come in the form of a nasal spray. To use these kits, you don't need gloves. 

Each kit comes with two doses of medicine and instructions. If you see someone who needs help, lay them on their back and squirt one of the nasal sprays up their nose. 

"One squirt of that nasal spray into the nostril could really wake them up out of that drug overdose in time for 911 to get here," said Anna D'Amato, the executive director of the Student Health and Wellness Center. "That alone doesn't save the person's life. It delays their overdose until paramedics or emergency services can get here."

Some people don't wake up after the first dose of Narcan. Doctors said if that happens, wait two or three minutes and give them another dose. 

Finding a Narcan kit on campus

Below is a list of where students can find Narcan kits on campus. 

  1. Education/Psychology building - With fire extinguisher, next to Room 104. 
  2. Music building -  With fire extinguisher, near Room 142. 
  3. Stevenson Union - Inside AED cabinet. 
  4. Taylor building - With fire extinguisher, next to Room 127. 
  5. Science building - Inside AED cabinet, second floor. 
  6. Theater building - Inside AED cabinet. 
  7. Hannon building - Inside AED cabinet, first floor lobby. 
  8. Madrone building - Second floor lobby, next to room 213. 
  9. Britt building - With fire extinguisher, next to room 222. 
  10. Lithia building - Inside AED cabinet. 
  11. Lithia building - With fire extinguisher on the first floor. 
  12. Greensprings building - With fire extinguisher on the first floor main entrance. 
  13. Hawthorn building - With fire extinguisher on first floor. 
  14. The Hawk - Inside AED cabinet. 
  15. Facilities - With fire extinguisher, first floor main entrance. 
  16. McLoughlin building - With fire extinguisher, second floor lobby. 
  17. Shasta building - With fire extinguisher, second floor lobby. 
  18. Cox building - First floor, next to stairway room. 
  19. Aspen building - First floor, next to room 103. 
  20. OLLI - Inside AED cabinet. 

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