All Penn Dental students will be trained to administer Narcan by the end of the month

In September, every student in the Penn School of Dental Medicine was required to undergo training to use Narcan — a medication that saves people from opiate-related overdoses. Now, after several sessions, all students will be officially trained in administering the life-saving drug by the end of the month.

Approximately 170 students attended each session, and the final session is scheduled for the last week of January, Dental School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Faizan Alawi said. The initiative was announced in an effort to combat the nation’s growing opioid crisis. In 2017, more than 1,200 overdose deaths occurred in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.