College students make up one of the largest populations likely to experiment with drugs and become addicted to illicit and prescription substances. Drug overdoses caused by fentanyl are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18-45. In addition, the prevalence of counterfeit pills on campus increases the risk of overdose death among college students.
The ONEbox™ opioid response kit is an emergency overdose and training device designed to equip anyone to potentially save a life from an opioid overdose. It is designed to promote safety by ensuring that students, faculty and staff have lifesaving, on-demand video and audio instructions during an emergency overdose situation. In addition, the kit contains a long-form training video designed to equip everyone on campus on best practices for responding to an overdose and administering naloxone using a bystander intervention model.
“There are preventable deaths happening on college campuses as students are unknowingly taking fake pills that contain fentanyl,” said Jim Carroll, former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and partner at Frost Brown Todd LLP. “The ONEBox is going up on college campuses across the country to save lives by making sure that everyone knows how to use naloxone.”
Distributed by the Drug Intervention Institute (DII), ONEbox kits have been deployed nationwide on college campuses including Duke University, Francis Marion University, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, Radford University, Virginia Tech, Western Colorado University, and all 29 college and university campuses in West Virginia.
“As a former campus administrator who, unfortunately, responded to an overdose on one of our state’s campuses, I know all too well the trauma an overdose can cause not only to a student’s family but the entire campus community,” said Dr. Susan Bissett, DII president. “Installing ONEboxes on campus assists with stigma reduction and provides the opportunity for bystander intervention should an overdose occur.”