Opi­oid over­dose an­ti­dote to be widely avail­able at RWU

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES / REGION -

BRISTOL (AP) — A Rhode Is­land univer­sity will soon have the opi­oid over­dose an­ti­dote nalox­one on cam­pus.

A group of Roger Wil­liams Univer­sity stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff says the drug, also known by the brand name Nar­can, will be placed in build­ings around cam­pus once sup­plies are avail­able. Train­ing in its use is sched­uled for Jan. 22.

Pub­lic Safety Di­rec­tor Steven Me­laragno says the nalox­one will be placed wher­ever there is a de­fib­ril­la­tor. Cam­pus emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians and pub­lic safety of­fi­cers al­ready carry the med­i­ca­tion. He says mak­ing it more widely avail­able could save a life in the min­utes it takes for EMTs to ar­rive on the scene of an over­dose.

Roger Wil­liams, with cam­puses in Bristol and Prov­i­dence, has about 4,000 un­der­grad­u­ates as well as hun­dreds of law and other grad­u­ate stu­dents.

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