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Implementation of a collaborative model for opioid overdose prevention on campus.

Authors
  • Hill, Lucas G1
  • Holleran Steiker, Lori K2
  • Mazin, Lubna1
  • Kinzly, Mark L3
  • 1 The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin, USA.
  • 2 The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • 3 Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative, Texas, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of American college health : J of ACH
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2020
Volume
68
Issue
3
Pages
223–226
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1549049
PMID: 30615573
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, a crisis that is driven by an increasingly potent supply of illicit opioids. College-aged adults are more likely than any other age group to engage in opioid misuse. Naloxone, the antidote for an opioid overdose, can save the life of an opioid overdose victim if it is readily available and administered quickly. The University of Texas at Austin implemented a collaborative model for proactive opioid overdose prevention in 2016. This model includes stocking naloxone in residence halls and providing it to police officers, training resident advisors and police officers to respond to suspected overdoses, and engaging student pharmacists in a service learning program to increase naloxone access and awareness among university students. Programmatic experiences and key recommendations for U.S. campuses are shared by faculty, student, and community leaders.

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