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Public Safety Provided with Naloxone

Partnering with the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Health and Wellness Services, the Department of Public Safety now has immediate access to the life-saving drug Naloxone for the rapid reversal of opioid overdoses.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.  

Public Safety officers have received training in the administration of a nasal spray which is pre-filled, needle-free and requires no assembly.  Naloxone is an extremely safe medication that only has a noticeable effect in people with opioids in their systems. 

Public Safety would like to thank the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, specifically Dr. Foote and Dr. Ference, for their expertise in training, and Diane O’Brien, Director of Health and Wellness Services, for obtaining our supply of Naloxone.