Student Pharmacists Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

A group of USC pharmacy students recently provided naloxone kits and training at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.

Third-year students Amber Marshall, president of the USC chapter of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), and Lucy Duong, CPNP director of community service/outreach, received a $500 grant from QSAD Centurion, a support group of the School of Pharmacy, which funded free naloxone kits for students to distribute.

“As a student and future pharmacist, this is something we need to learn to do,” said third-year pharmacy student Marl Ayson, CPNP president-elect. “The law allows us to perform this in the community, and having the first-hand experience now makes me more comfortable implementing a naloxone protocol in a community setting.”

The group also is planning future naloxone trainings at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. “Opioid overdose is a public problem and concern, and I’m proud to say that our students are part of the solution,” says Susie Park, associate dean for student affairs and admissions.