Purdue students, community members train for opiate overdose response

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A room full of Purdue University students and community members were trained on how to respond to an opiate overdose Thursday night.

Purdue’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists hosted the event along with Overdose Lifeline, Inc.

Those in attendance were trained in how to detect symptoms of an overdose. They were also trained on how to administer Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses.

They were each given a free kit to take home.

“This Nalaxone kit can be used whenever they think it needs to be used, so if they have a loved one that they suspect has overdosed, they can administer that life-saving therapy and call 911 and really increase the odds of this patient surviving,” said Ian Dilley with the Purdue chapter.

The training was open to anyone in the community.

Dilley said Purdue was the first university in Indiana to have Overdose Lifeline come to campus for this kind of training.