Substance use can have a serious impact on individual and community health. The availability of opioids in recreational drugs poses both mental health and medical risks. If you or someone you care about uses opioids or other drugs, treatment is effective and available. In addition, naloxone (commercially known as the nasal spray Narcan) can reverse the effects of an accidental overdose.


Any physician in California can prescribe it to someone at risk of overdose. Naloxone is also available by pharmacist consultation and can be filled at USC Pharmacies on campus. Narcan is covered as a benefit in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan administered through Aetna.

Treatment is available and effective, talk to your medical or mental health provider at USC Student Health to discuss a treatment plan.

USC has announced a December 5, 2019 Drug Take Back Day on both campuses. Through the USC Pharmacies, drugs may be safely disposed of on campus, no questions asked.

  • UPC: USC Pharmacy in the Student Union Building
  • UPC: USC Pharmacy near the Engemann Student Health Building
  • HSC: USC Pharmacy in HC1, first floor

This program is also in service at the USC Pharmacy in Verdugo Hills Hospital.

USC Department of Public Safety officers are carrying and are trained to administer Narcan.

USC departments and student organizations who would like training from graduate students in pharmacy (on Narcan procedures in case of overdose) can contact Kari Trotter-Wall in USC Pharmacies. For peer health education on substance use harm reduction, contact USC Student Health, 213-740-9355 (WELL), studenthealth@usc.edu.