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​​College Opioid Prevention

The opioid epidemic is a serious public health issue in California and impacts college students throughout the state.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available by prescription, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, methadone, and many others.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is often added to other drugs because of its extreme potency, making drugs cheaper, more powerful, more addictive, and more dangerous. Even in small doses, fentanyl can be deadly. More than 80% of California opioid-related overdose deaths in 2021 were related to fentanyl.

A new California law, SB 367, known as the Campus Opioid Safety Act, aims to decrease overdose deaths by requiring colleges to provide educational information about overdose prevention and reversal medication such as naloxone on community college district and California State University campuses.  

Learn more about SB 367: Campus Opioid Safety Act​.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Colleges can use this toolkit to provide educational information about opioid and use and help prevent overdose.

Factsheet​

Opioid Overdose Prevention on College Campuses​

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What to do if you think someone is overdosing 

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Save a life by knowing what to do if you think someone is overdosing and know how to give the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication #naloxone. Contact student health services for more information about naloxone. Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Naloxone.aspx

Know the signs of an opioid overdose

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Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose can save a life. Learn how to recognize an overdose and give the life-saving medication #naloxone. Contact student health services for more information about naloxone. Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Naloxone.aspx

Naloxone Saves Lives Now avaiable on campus

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#Naloxone can reverse an overdose from fentanyl, heroin, and prescription opioid medications. Contact student health services to learn about naloxone availability on campus. Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Naloxone.aspx

Counterfeit pills often contain fentanyl and are more lethal than ever before. 

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Counterfeit pills can look just like the real ones from the pharmacy. Don’t ever buy pills sold on social media. More than 80% of California opioid-related overdose deaths in 2021 were tied to fentanyl. 

Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Fentanyl.aspx

How to stqart a conversion about opioid substance usage

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It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone you’re worried might have a problem with opioids or other substances, especially if it is someone you have a close relationship with, such as a roommate, teammate, classmate, or friend but it’s important to start the conversation. They may not be ready to talk, but you can be prepared to help when they are. Free, confidential, 24/7 support is available at 1-800-662-4357. 

Locate treatment services: https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

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Start a conversation with a roommate, teammate, classmate or friend that you’re worried might have a problem with opioids or other substances. Free, confidential, 24/7 support is available at 1-800-662-4357.

Treatment locator: https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Party drugs can be harmful fake pills

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“Party drugs” can be addictive or harmful fake pills that look like prescribed pain relievers. Never take pills that were not prescribed to you from a doctor. The US Drug Enforcement Agency found that 6 out of every 10 fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. Bring naloxone to parties, to reverse an opioid overdose and save a life. Check with student health services about naloxone availability. 

Learn more about naloxone: https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/naloxone/index.html

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“Party drugs” can be addictive or harmful fake pills that look like prescribed pain relievers. Never take pills not prescribed to you. Bring naloxone to parties to save a life. Check with student health services about naloxone. 

Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/naloxone/index.html





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