'We can't connect with someone... if they're dead': Local organization preparing WSU students to save lives
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The growing problem of opioid overdoses nationally and in Wichita has one local organization preparing WSU students to help save lives.
Although opioid abuse is not a problem in WSU classrooms, it is a problem right outside their campus.
Safe Streets handed out Narcan kits to students in hopes of preparing them for an encounter with an overdose.
The organization's Coalition Chair, Lisa Vayda, is getting ahead of the problem.
"We can't connect with someone and get them into recovery if they're dead," Vayda said.
Vayda says that, "Getting over your own discomfort is worth saving a life." She said administering Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is really simple. You just have to hit the muscles of the shoulders or the thighs.
For more information on how to administer Narcan or locations where you can pick up kits, you can visit Safe Streets.