More than 100 LIU Pharmacy students received a special lecture that taught them how to spot opioid overdoses and how to administer Narcan to reverse an overdose’s effects.

News 12 Brooklyn, along with other media outlets, covered the lesson, which was organized by Dr. Fernando Gonzalez, Director of Pharmacy Practice at LIU Pharmacy.

“That’s basically what I got into health care for,” LIU Pharmacy student Erica Carrasquillo said.  “I want to help people. I want to save lives.”

Though many first responders carry Narcan, it can be minutes before they arrive on the scene. By increasing the pool of trained professionals who can spot and address overdoses, it increases the likelihood of saving lives.