Narcan Training and Distribution for Faculty and Staff

How does UCSC Risk Services provide Harm Reduction services to UCSC staff and faculty with this program?

One of the major causes of opioid overdoses nationwide is the unintentional ingestion of opiates. In recent years popular recreational drugs like cocaine, Xanax and Adderall have become risks for opioid overdose, as lethal traces of the synthetic opioid fentanyl have been found in the US drug supply. Our Harm Reduction strategies are intended to address the risks of potential fentanyl contamination.

As part of our harm reduction plan at UCSC, Risk Services provides Naloxone for staff and faculty. Our aim is to keep the community safe and reduce the risk of overdose death in the Santa Cruz community. 

Naloxone is available at no cost.

Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. 

How do I obtain naloxone?

UCSC staff and faculty can watch this training video and complete a short quiz to receive free Narcan.

Upon quiz completion, send a screenshot to Elizabeth Tomlinson, Occupational Health Specialist, at to schedule a pick up of naloxone. This free naloxone is available through the CDPH Naloxone Distribution Project.