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New push to get Narcan on all SUNY campuses

SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers students with a drug that's capable of reversing the affects of an opioid overdose.

Posted: Jan 31, 2019 11:15 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 1:19 PM

MARCY, NY-- SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers students with a drug that's capable of reversing the affects of an opioid overdose.

The college has been providing naloxone, otherwise known as Narcan, since 2014. It's available in every building on campus including every residence hall.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed during his 2019 agenda, to make Narcan accessible to every dorm first aid kit across the city and state university systems.

"Narcan is now located with every AED on campus," said Gary Bean, chief of police with New York State University at SUNY Poly. "We have 30+ AED's throughout the various buildings of the campus and the Narcan is located on each of those sites as well."

Once an AED box is opened it sends an alert to the dispatch center on campus with an exact location and officers are able to respond to the area.

All of the resident assistants are trained to use Narcan as well as CPR and other first aid methods.

"It's really important for us to make sure that it's a true emergency, whether it's Narcan need, or an AED need, that we've got emergency medical technician en route," Bean said.

Bean said although it's never been used on campus it could be used one day.

"Fortunately for us we have not had to utilize it on campus in the five years of having this product at our disposal," he said. "We hope that continues, but again you never know the answer of whether that will be today or tomorrow that you might need it and we're prepared in case it is."

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