WEST LAFAYETTE — Andrew Wakefield was training to be the resident education assistant at Hawkins Hall when a Purdue police officer told him about the increase in opioid use on campus.
"After that little session, I was curious as to whether or not PUPD carries Naloxone," he said.
The answer he got: No.
"I was kind of confused as to why that would be the case," he said. "It seems like it would be logical for them to carry this."
He kept digging for where students can get Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. He found himself digging deeper into Greater Lafayette's opioid crisis and what the community has been doing about it.
"Some of our public officials didn't necessarily feel like we had a problem," he said. "But we know students are using opioids."
That experience is part of how and why Wakefield got involved with BoilerWoRx, a multi-disciplinary initiative started by the Purdue College of Pharmacy to help address Greater Lafayette's opioid crisis.
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How serious is the opioid crisis?
A map released by Indiana shows that Naloxone, or Narcan, has been administered dozens of times in Tippecanoe County just in the last month, as overdoses have become a near daily event in the county.