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.
Naloxone is available by pharmacist consultation (no prescription necessary) 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.
Opioids: Education and Harm Reduction with Naloxone SC
In a partnership with the student-led USC School of Pharmacy group CPNP (College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, USC student chapter), we are announcing Naloxone SC — a student-run website and naloxone distribution program. Students can receive a life-saving opioid reversal kit containing a Narcan twinpack and drug-testing strips. Simply log in and review the educational video and take a brief quiz. CPNP members are also available to provide workshops and Q and A sessions via Zoom, and when Covid safety conditions permit, in-person at both HSC and UPC campuses. Contact email@example.com for additional information.
Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid that has been found in substances such as heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, molly, and other recreational drugs.
- Illegal fentanyl is being mixed with other drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and MDMA. This is especially dangerous because people are often unaware that fentanyl has been added. Learn more about drug-testing strips for detecting fentanyl.
- Test strips are available at both HSC and UPC bookstores for purchase, and are also available without charge through community-based organizations around Los Angeles, including APLA Health.
- The Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health advises caution and additional safety measures even when using fentanyl testing strips.
- Ensure that someone is with you who can administer Naloxone in the event of an accidental overdose.
As an additional safety measure, USC Department of Public Safety officers are carrying and are trained to administer Narcan.