UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

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By edhat staff

UC Santa Barbara is holding a series of free trainings to teach community members how to administer Naloxone to prevent overdoses.

The Student Health/Alcohol & Drug Program will launch a Naloxone Distribution Program this month and the current workshops are led by Angie Bryan, a recovery specialist with the UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist, meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. Santa Barbara Sheriff's Deputies have used Naloxone spray for several suspected overdoses in Isla Vista and the surrounding communities.

About 1 year ago, Bryan began the process of developing an Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response protocol for UCSB to address frequent overdoses. Her goal was for the Alcohol & Drug Program to be able to distribute Naloxone kits to students for free and without a prescription. 

Bryan worked with the Director of Behavioral Health and received a grant through the CA Dept of Public Health Naloxone Distribution Project where a large supply of Naloxone was granted for free. "Our responsibility as a distributor is to train each person to whom we provide a kit," said Bryan.

"The overall goal of the Naloxone Project is to empower students to keep our community safe. To provide education about how to prevent opioid overdose, how to recognize and respond to an overdose, and how to use Naloxone to reverse the overdose. Students are typically the first on the scene when another student overdoses, and every minute matters in an overdose situation," said Bryan.

The faster someone can be given Naloxone, the better chance they have of surviving. UCPD, IV Foot Patrol, Sheriff's Deputies, and paramedics all carry Naloxone. The kits contain two nasal sprays that can be administered in different nostrils. 

The trainings began on Tuesday evening where 45 Naloxone kits were distributed. More kits are available on an ongoing basis at the Alcohol and Drug Program in Embarcadero Hall. The next training is on Thursday, April 4 at 3 PM in the Isla Vista Community Room at 970 Embarcadero Del Mar next to the Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic. For more information visit https://UCSBGFR.COM

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a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 05:53 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Yeah bro. And don't worry if it gets too heavy, I'll be right here with this Narcan should you OD. Alright, ready? Prepare to be Comfortably Numb..... Wow. Gnarly dude.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:53 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Instead of a free video on how to use Narcan why not a free, and mandatory, presentation on what opioid use does to a still developing brain and the long term permanent effects for the rest of their lives, and what an overdose does (your brain doesn't really fully develop until about age 22 or thereabouts)? Maybe that would get through to at least some of these kids.

horsegirl Apr 04, 2019 03:25 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

that kind of presentation is given to students freshman year. But by the same token, why the heck are adults doing these drugs then if their brains are actually fully developed? young adults aren't the only ones doing drugs or overdosing.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:59 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

1:53 - People who do drugs KNOW they're potentially very bad, they just don't care. Forcing adults to watch a video (think of the failed DARE program) is silly. People are going to do drugs, period. We might as well have the tools available to stop them from dying because of their foolish decisions!

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:35 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Excuse me but talk to any UCSB student and they will tell you that you can go to the med clinic and get Xanax and the like - opiods, right there on campus, just by saying you're anxious. And clonopin and the like. So yes, they should be BANNED from campus - not prescribed right there! Maybe that would help. And not to mention FDA should ban opiods from being prescribed to anyone under 25.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 02:17 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Xanax and klonopin are both benzos, not opioids. Realistically, there are people under 25 who have diseases and issues that require opioids.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 02:05 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

1:35 - Ban certain medications simply because some people abuse them? What about the people who really do need anxiety medication or pain medication? I agree that they had been too easily prescribed in the past, but there has been a heavy crackdown on these lately at the pharmacy and prescribing doctor level. You can't just outright ban them though. The people who legitimately need certain meds shouldn't have to drive out of town to get their meds just because college kids are getting high.

Luvaduck Apr 04, 2019 12:33 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Asking for opinions, not making a point: Do most people think that by making "saves" more available it discourages "saying no" or do people believe that college-age kids are emotionally not yet able to process risk like an adult and incapable of actually <knowing> they are risking their lives, thinking it can't happen to <them>? (Sort of like the unprotected sex issue!)

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 02:20 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

They are "adults," and the decisions they make are "adult decisions," albeit stupid. And no, I don't think the availability of naloxone changes a drug user's choices AT ALL.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:45 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

LUVADUCK I think what you are referring to is the enabling of addiction and in my opinion, this is a classic example of enabling. If an alcoholic is saved over and over again from the consequences of his/her drinking you know what they do? They keep drinking and usually more so, because there are no consequences. People taking opiods to the point of overdose are addicted, and if they get saved from that, guess what - they keep doing it and probably more so. This is nothing more than institutionalized enabling of this problem.

Red Creek Apr 04, 2019 11:16 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Dr. Siegel's research should be heeded by policy makers, instead of ignored. If "getting high" is a basic mammalian need (such as eating, sleeping and sex), assistance to those with problems related to this basic need should be much more available, and treated as health, not criminal behavior. https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-ronald-siegel-dead-20190403-story.html

PitMix Apr 04, 2019 09:02 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Famous scientist Dr. Siegel just passed away, who created the theory that getting high is a basic need that we have, and that other mammals and animals also pursue mind altering drugs found in nature. I guess that explains why so many of us are addicted to the various drugs, legal and illegal. If true, then what do we do about it?

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 09:06 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

PITMIX, you do it responsibly and with the awareness that too much of certain things can lead to life-altering addictions. Get high now and then, but not on hard stuff and not too much!

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 09:02 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Absolutely par for SB.. Instead of fixing, replacing or improving anything.. lets spray more perfume on our dirty bodies, apply more lipstick to the pig, & shove our faces deeper into the sand.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 09:42 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

What? This is about life and death, not some political non-agenda. Your solution is to...let overdosing people die when there is easy-to-use solution? Interesting take.

Rinconer Apr 04, 2019 08:42 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

What a tragic shame that big pHARMa has bought & paid for our politicians and FDA who allow 11 year olds to "legally" be prescribed addictive opioids. So instead of stopping the sociopathic habit of prescribing dangerously addictive painkillers to kids now it's a good idea to teach kids how to chemically stop their overdose instead of stopping the avalanche of opiods. 75% of Americans are on prescription drugs. Make America Groggy Again.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 06:51 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

So, the epidemic is so bad at UCSB that now students have to carry narcan and worry about possibly having to revive a fellow overdosing student? Instead, why not ban opiods all together on campus? There is simply no reason for people this young to have to use opiods for anything - except for perhaps very few exceptions, so the ban could be subject to individual exceptions with doctor clearance, substantiated medical issue requiring opiod use, etc.

horsegirl Apr 04, 2019 03:22 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

Ok valid point about opioids being prescribed on campus. I actually do have experience with a friend being prescribed opioids by the Student Health on the UCSB campus when they went in with some slightly bruised ribs due to coughing. but no, giving someone the correct resources is not "letting them suffer the consequences" (DIE) or get them into rehab. you can only get them into rehab if they make it our of the overdose alive, which is PRECISELY what this program is trying to do?

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:56 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

At 1:48 - so what do you propose? Let them die? They experimented with drugs as most of us have, and they did it unwisely this time, so let them die? THAT is the "consequence" of an OD from which you want to stop saving them. Shame on you for wishing death on young people!

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:48 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

HORSEGIRL if you want to give someone resources they need then you let them suffer the consequences or get them into rehab. You don't enable their addiction and behavior by saving them from the consequences of it over and over. Now these kids don't have to be concerned w/ an overdose b/c someone will be there to save them. How is that going to help in any way? That is not a "resource" that is foolish.

a-1566363194 Apr 04, 2019 01:48 PM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

HORSEGIRL if you want to give someone resources they need then you let them suffer the consequences or get them into rehab. You don't enable their addiction and behavior by saving them from the consequences of it over and over. Now these kids don't have to be concerned w/ an overdose b/c someone will be there to save them. How is that going to help in any way? That is not a "resource" that is foolish.

horsegirl Apr 04, 2019 09:52 AM
UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses

alcohol is also banned from fraternity and sorority property at ucsb. look how well that ban works. opioids without a prescription are illegal. cocaine is illegal. people will still do stuff and accidents will still happen. why wouldn't we give people the resources they need to make a difference in the life of someone else? by the way, fentanyl is being laced in more than just opioids

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