(Spectrum News 1) New legislation signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul requires all SUNY and CUNY campuses to stock opioid antagonists, like naloxone, in student housing facilities. Better known by the brand name Narcan, the drug reverses the side-effects of an opioid overdose. With it, resident life staff at New York’s public colleges are getting trained to save lives.
According to New York’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports, opioid overdose deaths were just shy of 3,000 in 2019 – the latest data.
“We are in the worst overdose epidemic ever, on record. So, we really need to think about every single we can do to possibly reduce the risk of death,” said OASAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham.