Message from Stetson Public Safety

A common trend on college and university campuses throughout the country has been preparing for and responding to suspected opioid overdoses.

The Federal Government as well as the State of Florida have addressed the need for training and dealing with the ever-increasing accidental opioid overdose issue, making it easier for Fire, Police and Campus Public Safety to be trained, certified and have the ability to provide Naloxone spray as needed to possibly save the life of a suspected overdose victim.

Stetson University’s Department of Public Safety has taken a proactive approach and has completed training, allowing officers to carry and administer naloxone, if indicated, during an emergency. Effective Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, Public Safety Officers will begin carrying Naloxone Hydrochloride, commonly known as NARCAN Spray.

What is Narcan™ (naloxone)?

Narcan™ (naloxone) is an opiate antidote. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin. When a person is overdosing on an opioid, breathing can slow down or stop and it can very hard to wake them from this state. Narcan™ (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.

Stetson University has never experienced any opioid-induced overdoses. However, the need to be prepared in the event of an accidental overdose is vital. Public Safety with funding assistance from Dr. Leon Smith will be prepared moving forward.  It is important for anyone who suspects that they have experienced an accidental overdose or knows someone who may be suffering from an overdose, to notify Public Safety or 911 for immediate assistance.

The safety and security at Stetson University is the mission of Public Safety and with your help, we can make sure this campus is safe for all of our Visitors, Students, Faculty and Staff.