ALLENTOWN, Pa. (WLVT) - Muhlenberg College recently received $100,000 in federal funding to help combat the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.
Kevan Shah, a sophmore at the college, studied the impact of opioid overdose deaths in Lehigh County. Spurred by the results of his research, Shah sought to "mobilize" his campus community to address the county's overdose death rates.
"In Pennsylvania alone, we're losing over 2,200 of our neighbors, our friends, and our families to opioid overdoses," said Shah.
Now, with the help of federal grant dollars, the college will train students to administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone so they're prepared to act should they encounter an opioid overdose victim.