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. Naloxone can quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of opioid overdose. Columbia students have already used this life-saving medication to reverse opioid overdoses throughout New York City: Columbia News: Opioid Avengers: Columbia Students Save Four Lives With Naloxone.
Addiction Information and Mangement Strategies (AIMS), in partnership with the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at Columbia Health, has implemented an initiative to ensure that every CUIMC student has the opportunity to be trained to carry life-saving naloxone.
Students can register for upcoming naloxone trainings on the Columbia Health Virtual Naloxone Training page. For more information about naloxone and to access trainings throughout NYC, visit NYC Health.