As opioid overdoses rise, colleges supply reversal drug

Source: Politico

Narcan, the made-for-consumers nasal spray brand, hit the market in early 2016, dramatically expanding where the medication could be placed and who could use it. | Getty

Colleges are increasingly stocking up on an easy-to-use opioid overdose antidote as the number of incidents keeps rising with young adults among those most at risk.

Opioids killed nearly 4,000 Americans ages 15 to 24 in 2016, nearly a third more than the year before. And while over 30 percent of college students said they knew someone who had overdosed on pain pills or heroin, even more — over 37 percent — reported not knowing what to do if they were present, a survey by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and The Christie Foundation

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