Ohio State student pharmacy selling overdose saving drug


The Ohio State University joins the fight against opioids, offering students a chance to save their loved ones from an overdose.

The Wilce Student Health Center pharmacy is selling Naloxone over the counter to those who may need it.

The push for the life-saving drug comes after some students said there's a need for it.

Almost everyone knows of someone who has overdosed.

Even college students see what's happening in their city.

"It's really sad. I think there's some things that can be done to change that," student Kayla Nist said.

Health experts say it starts with education and The Ohio State University is already teaching its students about the opioid epidemic.

The Wilce Student Health Center pharmacy started selling Naloxone last September to students who asked for it.

"Either a boyfriend or girlfriend or family member. It's almost always that case. I've had one person purchase it cause they saw someone in their neighborhood go, where they had to call an emergency squad," pharmacy manager Phillip Anderson said.

The pharmacy has only sold about 6 kits so far, but manager Phillip Anderson says it's more about showing students how to use it.

"Part of us selling this is we explain how to use it, we explain what the symptoms of an opiate overdose looks like," Anderson said.

Anderson says a survey done prior to the school stocking up on Naloxone showed about 1/3 of Ohio State students knew what it was.

"I know that it's the drug to give to people who overdose, I think on heroin, and it essentially brings them back to life," student Jacob Bourquin said.

Even if some students don't know anyone who's overdosed, they say it's important to have access to the life-saving drug.

"Some people I know have friends that have overdosed. They weren't there at the time but it's like if they were it would have been important for them to have it on them," Nist said.

And some students still think it's a good idea to be ready.

"If more people have it and they encounter somebody who has overdosed it could be a good thing I believe," Bourquin said.

The Naloxone kits go for about $90. It comes with two doses and instructions on how to administer it.

According to the Franklin County Coroner's Office, 28 college-aged people died from an overdose so far this year.

In 2016, statistics show 56 people died from an overdose ages 20-29.