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To combat the problem of accidental overdoses, UBC students will now be able to pick-up free naloxone kits on campus if they think they are at risk for fentanyl exposure. They will also be able to receive training from a nurse on how to recognize the signs of an overdose and how to administer the life-saving medication.
“Even small doses of fentanyl can suppress breathing and cause an overdose, resulting in severe brain damage and even death.
Naloxone works to counteract opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, morphine and methadone. It blocks opioid receptors and restores breathing within two to five minutes.”
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