February 7, 2024
Residential Well-being Student Leader Xela Jones prepares to load video instructions from a ONEbox opioid overdose reversal kit. Photo by Brian Muncy for Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech has recently completed the installation of ONEbox kits in all residence halls. The response kits contains naloxone, the temporary opioid reversal spray also known by the brand name Narcan, and allow anyone to intervene to save a life in case of an opioid overdose.
Since 2019, the Hokie Wellness REVIVE! program has led outreach and training efforts to prevent opioid overdose, highlighting the growing trend that fentanyl is often found in unexpected substances, such as cannabis and fake prescription pills.
Ashley LeDuc, associate director of Hokie Wellness, has been a driving force behind the ONEbox program at Virginia Tech.
“Our university community prioritizes keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said LeDuc. “ONEbox has allowed us to expand our opioid response reach from training hundreds of community members each year. Now, thousands of our students, faculty, and staff have access to naloxone.”