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SUNY and CUNY will get greater access to life-saving antidote to fight opioids

Students attending public colleges and universities across the state may soon have greater access to a life-saving drug capable of reversing the affects of an opioid overdose.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his 2019 agenda, laid out plans that would add naloxone, otherwise know as Narcan, to every dorm first aid kit across the city and state university systems.



The drug rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, and has been used to save lives in both the CUNY and SUNY systems— which serve a combined 800,000 students across 84 campuses.

“Student safety is critical, and this is the latest proposal to provide expanded access to opioid antagonists as we work to end this epidemic,” Jason Conwall, a Cuomo spokesman, said in a statement.

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