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Organizations provide resources to prevent and treat overdoses at Duke and UNC

A Campus Health pharmacist hands Narcan Nasal Spray over the counter on March 29, 2023. The nasal spray is packaged with instructions on how to use on the box.

Last March, a UNC student died after taking fentanyl-laced cocaine on Duke University’s campus. A year later, students at both universities continue to spread awareness through organizations that provide resources and educate students if they find themselves in an emergency.

Later that month, Riley Sullivan, Caroline Clodfelter, Kathleen Ready and Callan Baruch founded the Carolina Harm Reduction Union.

The organization spreads awareness by manning a table on Polk Place once a week, alternating between Thursdays and Fridays, where they distribute free naloxone and explain how it should be administered. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, including one induced by fentanyl. While naloxone is injectable, it can also be offered as a prepackaged nasal spray, commonly known by the brand name Narcan. 



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