Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist that 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 opioid overdose. Columbia News recently published an article about students using naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses throughout New York City: Opioid Avengers: Columbia Students Save Four Lives With Naloxone.
Addiction Information and Mangement Strategies (AIMS), in partnership with an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program in the Columbia University School of Nursing and Dr. Kellie Bryant, DNP, has implemented an initiative to offer naloxone training to every CUIMC student to ensure that every CUIMC student has the opportunity to be trained to carry life-saving naloxone.