Governor announces plan to stem growing heroin problem on SUNY campuses

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a plan to crack down on the growing problem of heroin use at SUNY campuses statewide.

One of the major prongs:  Training university police and health center personnel in how to administer the opiate antagonist Narcon in case of an overdose on campus.

"Denial is not an option. And denial is not a life strategy. We have a problem. We have a problem with heroin and we're going to do something about it," said Cuomo.

Returning students in the fall can expect heroin and opiate awareness to be part of orientation.   All resident assistants and support staff who interact with students will be taught the warning signs of use -- and a hotline/textline will be set up to ensure that any student needing treatment gets it.

Officials at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica say they plan to take part on SUNY's training and roll out of the governor's plan. Officials with Hamilton College in the town of Kirkland say their student EMS workers will also be trained in the administering of Narcan when they return to campus in August. 

In addition to being trained on administering the narcotic Narcan, those who administer and keep it will also be trained on how to keep it safe and in a secure location. 

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