Narcan becomes more accessible to students in Corning
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- As the opioid crisis continues to spiral the emergency response drug, Narcan, is becoming more readily available in places like Corning. If you are a Corning Community College student, red boxes called Naloxboxes will soon be installed around campus providing safe, easy access to the overdose reversing drug.
“Right now, the ones we have are on campus so easily accessible to students so they open from the top, so you don’t have to break it like a fire extinguisher, and they are placed near the (emergency heart defibrillators),” said Michelle Logan, Associate Professor Corning Community College.
Narcan is a nasal spray that hits pain receptors in the brain designed to knock opioids off specific receptors.
“So, when you introduce Narcan through the nasal passages it goes in and it knocks those opioids off the receptors and it sits on the receptors for anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes,” said Program Assistant for Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee, Connie Terry
The Narcan kits will have one Narcan, medical directions, gloves and a rescue breathing mask so assistance can be rendered until Emergency Services arrive. Corning Community College said they are supportive of students grabbing the kits if they are on their way to a party.
“We do have (enough narcan) in each kit incase somebody needs double and that is why we ask people to carry their kits with them because sometimes one is not enough,” said Logan.