Fanshawe College’s special constables, who provide security services on campus, are now carrying naloxone kits.
Naloxone is a life-saving medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose temporarily. Staff and students can contact Campus Security Services if they suspect someone on campus is experiencing symptoms of an opioid overdose.
"We want our community to have the same access to this life-saving tool that is available to community members in the London region,” says Shawn Rutkauskas, assistant manager of Campus Security Services. “Continuing to provide emergency response to medical calls and now carrying naloxone kits is a way for us to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus.”
The Middlesex-London Health Unit was consulted on this initiative and all special constables have been accredited through online training.
Naloxone kits are available at off-campus pharmacies for anyone who would like to be prepared to help someone who may be at risk of an opioid overdose.
- The Fanshawe College 2020 United Way campaign kicked off October 8, 2020 and will run until the end of January 2021.
- Fanshawe College’s Centre for Research and Innovation has developed a safe, rapid and inexpensive method to identify the effectiveness of potential COVID-19 drug treatments.