MU student wants opioid reversal drug Narcan in student housing

3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Monday, April 29 2019 Apr 29, 2019 Monday, April 29, 2019 6:49:00 PM CDT April 29, 2019 in News
By: Perri Stewart, KOMU 8 reporter

COLUMBIA – An MU student leader is advocating for the installation of the life-saving Naloxone in resident halls on Missouri’s campus.

Naloxone is an overdose reversal drug, which is sold under the brand name Narcan.

Anthony Garcia, the director of policy and advocacy for the Missouri Students Association, came up with the policy and is working with university officials to implement it in the near future.

“Last July, we went to the SEC exchange at the University of Kentucky and brought back this idea to put Narcan nasal spray inside our residence halls,” Garcia said.

He said MSA had the idea before a January drug overdose in Mark Twain Hall.

Since the overdose, Garcia said the plan's supporters are gaining more attention from school officials and law enforcement.

The cost of the drug is around $3,000. Garcia said they need to train students and resident assistants so this money does not go to waste.

MUPD, Columbia Police and Columbia fire department all have Narcan available to use if needed.

Mark Twain Hall resident, Kevin Cook, said he thinks the drug could be useful and it is important to educate everyone about the problem.

“If it really were a life-threatening situation, I would want to help fast, as quickly as possible, and as easily as possible. I would definitely do that,” Cook said after being asked if he would help administer the drug if needed.

According to MSA, the policy is in its beginning stages and students leaders are waiting for more talks with the university and MUPD before releasing official proposals.

Garcia said he is staying in Columbia this summer and will be working to move the policy along, as he hopes to have the Narcan installed by next fall.

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