Opioid overdose prevention program at UR Medicine

Updated: 08/21/2014 3:16 PM
Created: 08/21/2014 12:41 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Leclair

The stories of a U of R and SUNY Oswego college student dying of a heroin overdose last semester is prompting changes this fall. Local schools are taking a new approach to the heroin epidemic to stop overdoses from killing students.

Today, the University of Rochester is announcing a training program to teach people how to administer a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose.

Twelve SUNY schools, including Geneseo, Buffalo and Oswego have already armed their public safety officers with the kits that are stocked with the prescription medicine called naloxone.

The U of R has also trained its safety officers and now is offering the program to the public and students. People we spoke to say it makes sense.

Jackie Vanbraunt said, “It's just a sign of the times that people are overdosing on a daily basis. It's scary, it's very scary that it's happening on our college campuses across the state.”

Sophomore Maria Premo said, “It’s scary to think that we have to go to these extreme measures, but it's very helpful clearly to save somebody's life.”

If you'd like to be part of the Strong Recovery Opiod Overdose Prevention Program, it's the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s free, but limited to 30 people so you need to sign up. Click here for more information.

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