BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) — Bridgewater State University is now the first college in the nation to offer public access to Narcan.

The drug used to aid with an opioid overdose is available at 40 AED locations in administrative and academic buildings. The Narcan kits contain the drug, along with medical gloves, a CPR mask and instructions on how to use the Narcan.

School officials said it is all about being at the forefront of the opioid epidemic. The college lost a freshman to a heroin last year and there has been more than 1,000 overdoses this year in Plymouth College, where the school is located.

All students and security personnel working in the university’s residence halls will receive AID, CPR and Narcan training.

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