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BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – Roger Williams University will start putting Narcan, the medication that can reverse the effects of a drug overdose, in buildings around campus.

The idea came a few months ago when students and faculty were working to make their campus "heart safe".

They focused their time and energy on CPR training and AED use, but soon realized they were forgetting another problem facing the country-- The opioid crisis.

“It became pretty evident that we're training people on how to respond to a heart attack or to someone that's not breathing”, said Donna Darmody, Director of Health Education at Roger Williams University. “But in the news are opioid deaths that are rampant... It became pretty obvious that this was a direction we probably needed to go."

The University will hold a training session in January for students and faculty, so they can learn how to effectively use Narcan.

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