September 10, 2018

King County offered naloxone kits and training at health fair organized by UW Pharmacy students

UW Pharmacy students discuss health matters with an attendee at last year’s UPPOW Health Fair

Students at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy have partnered with King County Department of Community and Health Services to offer free naloxone kits and training at the May 22, 2018,health fair on UW’s Seattle campus.

Naloxone is an antidote for opioid and heroin overdose. With the use of opioids and heroin on the rise, more and more people are getting trained in the safe use of naloxone. “Addiction is a disease and people shouldn’t die from a treatable disease. Nalaxone can save their life and give them a chance to seek treatment for their addiction,” said pharmacy student and co-organizer Hanna Kleiboeker.

Sean was interviewed by Fox Q13 at the health fair. Watch video.

The pharmacy students reached out to student organizations to invite student leaders from across campus to come to the training. “We’ve heard of cases when people have died because those around them either didn’t have naloxone or were afraid to report that someone had overdosed. People coming to our Health Fair will be able to get a kit, get trained in how to use it, and learn from King County reps and UW School of Pharmacy students about Good Samaritan laws that protect people reporting,” added pharmacy student Sean Linn, co-organizer for the event.

The May 22nd health fair organized by UW School of Pharmacy students touched on a vast array of health issues and screenings–from HIV PrEP, Hepatitis C, to blood pressure, suicide prevention, healthy eating, and much more. Most of the UW Health Sciences schools were on Red Square helping people with screenings and education.

 

For more information call Sarah Guthrie at the UW School of Pharmacy at 703-298-6687 or email gu3@uw.edu. Both organizers, pharmacy students Sean Linn and Hanna Kleiboeker, are available for interviews on camera in advance and on the day of the event.

Health Fair Flyer in English

Health Fair Flyer en espaƱol

 

Update: See photos from the event in our Facebook album!