Fighting heroin on campus
Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 06:59 PM EDT
Geneseo, N.Y. – Officers at a dozen SUNY campuses across the state will be trained to carry a heroin overdose kit, including SUNY Geneseo.
All 16 sworn officers have been trained by the Department of Health to use the antidote naloxone to save lives.
“It is extremely effective in opioid overdose and the best part about it is, if it is misapplied the person will not be in harm's way at all,” said Interim Chief Tom Kilcullen, SUNY Geneseo Police Department.
Kilcullen told 13WHAM heroin and opiod use has not been a major issue on campus.
Senior Jackie Germick said, “I think it's going to be great for the campus but it's more for security because most of our campus isn't drug affiliated if anything, it’s just alcohol,”
Sophomore Morgan McDonnell said, “It's honestly everywhere. I mean on campus, off campus not even just in college communities. It's something that can't be ignored.”
SUNY Oswego and the University of Rochester will also carry the overdose kit.
UR Medicine’s Strong Recovery is holding a monthly Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. It’s free and open to the public.
The program entails an hour long training to recognize symptoms of opioid overdose and how to react. Once completed, an overdose kit including naloxone will be handed out.
The program will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The session is limited to 30 participants.
To sign up, contact Michele Herrmann at (585) 275-1829. You can also email her at Michele_Herrmann@URMC.Rochester.edu.