In response to the opioid crisis, several universities across Canada are starting to implement safe drug use policies across their campuses — doing things like stocking and distributing the opioid-reversing drug naloxone and prioritizing support, education, and prevention over existing zero-tolerance policies. Will colleges in the United States soon do the same? A recent report by University Affairs takes an in-depth look at the phenomenon.
According to the article, public health advocates in several schools, including MacEwan University, Thompson Rivers University and the University of British Columbia, have all begun to rethink their policies concerning illicit and illegal drugs after several opioid-related deaths. All are advocating for better education around harm reduction and drug policy reforms.
Some are hosting panel discussions and naloxone
Some organizations, like MacEwan University’s
To read more about these initiatives, click here.