Narcan, overdose prevention training coming to City College

Psi Beta Psychology Club to join Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program to provide harm reduction training


Naloxone is a medication that blocks the action of opioids or narcotics. Also known as Narcan, it comes as a nasal spray that can rapidly reverse the effects of opioids in the body so a person can breathe normally again. San Diego Sheriff’s Department photo

Candise Berry, Multimedia Journalist

San Diego City College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program will collaborate with Psi Beta Psychology Club to spread awareness to students and faculty regarding overdose prevention and harm reduction. 

Together they will host an event called “Save a Life” featuring The Harm Reduction Center of San Diego, a program that provides free Narcan and emergency use training.

An RSVP is not required to attend the training event, which will be held on Dec. 8 in MS-162 from 1-3 p.m. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. 

Naloxone, better known as Narcan, is a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system that has the potential of saving a person’s life 93% of the time.

The HRCSD provides patients with clean syringes to prevent infection, wound care, cookers and tourniquets. Their goal is to reduce the stigma of drug abuse and to encourage a positive change that leads to a decrease in fatal drug overdoses. 

Opioid-related overdoses and substance abuse throughout San Diego County have become major issues in the community. According to data available by the California Overdose and Surveillance Dashboard, there were 686 deaths from opioids in 2021.