Naloxone, a life-saving medication that temporarily reverses opioid drug overdoses, is now available free of charge, without a prescription and anonymously at Campus Health Pharmacy and Student Stores Pharmacy during open hours.
Naloxone interrupts an opioid overdose - - which includes morphine, codeine, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, heroin and more - - long enough to seek needed medical attention. Naloxone is available for anyone who requests it to assist a person (which may include themselves) at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose. Administration of the overdose reversing medication is simple and relatively risk free.
The first step in responding to someone who has an overdose is to call 911 and follow the dispatchers instructions, which may include giving naloxone. The N.C. Good Samaritan / Naloxone Access Law protects people who ask for help from 911, the police or E.M.S. because they or another person is having a drug overdose.
Naloxone distribution resulted from student requests. Campus Health and Student Wellness partnered with a Health Behavior Capstone class in the Gillings School of Public Health, with support from the state level NC Harm Reduction program, to create a naloxone distribution plan for campus. The service aligns with pharmacies across the state of North Carolina after a standing order was issued by the state medical director in June 2016.
For more information about naloxone, visit naloxonesaves.org.