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Narcan to be available on all Connecticut state college campuses

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Another sign the opioid crisis in Connecticut is getting worse. State education officials are now saying the drug Narcan will be available on all state college campuses.

Narcan is the drug that if it's given to the overdose victim quickly enough can reverse the effects of the opioid and save the person's life. The thing is, the quicker you give it to the person, the better, so the push is on to have it available in lots of places, and those places will now include all state college campuses.

The president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities will make that announcement on the campus of Central Connecticut State University, but the drug will be available on all 16 state university and college campuses. That includes the community college system as well as Eastern, Western, Southern and Central.

It's because the numbers keep getting worse. Two years ago, we had more than 700 people in Connecticut die from opioid overdoses. Last year it was more than 900. The US attorney for Connecticut announced last month she expects this year's number to top 1,000 deaths.

Wednesday's announcement comes on the same day that the state is hosting a forum on the opioid epidemic, said to include a new online training tool to help first responders save more lives. That's at the UConn School of Health in Farmington.

The announcement about Narcan at state college campuses is scheduled at Central at 11 a.m.


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