Few College Students Know How to Use Naloxone, Survey Shows

(Healio) Less than 15% of surveyed U.S. college students knew how to use naloxone in the event of an overdose, according to results published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Last year, the FDA approved the first over-the-counter naloxone spray as an emergency treatment for opioid overdoses, making it more available, although logistical hurdles like cost and availability remain.

“The increases in fentanyl-involved overdose fatalities among young people guided my research on this issue, particularly exploring possible upstream prevention strategies for adolescents and young adults,” Christina Freibott, MPH, a PhD candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health, told Healio.

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