UCSB Holds Free Trainings to Prevent Overdoses
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