Adapt Pharma expands free Narcan program for schools: 3 things to know

Dublin, Ireland-based drugmaker Adapt Pharma on March 19 expanded its program to deliver free supplies of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan to high schools and universities nationwide.

Here are three things to know.

1. Adapt first launched its free Narcan program in April 2017 as a part of a collaboration with the Clinton Foundation. The drugmaker pledged to donate 20,000 cartons of Narcan to 4,726 universities in the U.S.

2. Adapt will now deliver Narcan kits to eligible colleges and universities beyond the previously established limit and deliver two free cartons of Narcan — instead of one — to every eligible high school. Adapt plans to extend the free Narcan delivery program until the drug is in every eligible high school and university.

"We believe, expanding our program to provide free Narcan nasal spray to all U.S. high schools and eligible colleges and universities will improve awareness of opioid risks and help in the timely response in the event of an opioid overdose," said Seamus Mulligan, chairman and CEO of Adapt Pharma.

3. President Donald Trump praised Adapt Pharma for distributing free Narcan to schools during a March 19 event in New Hampshire, where he introduced the White House's new plan to address the opioid crisis, according to CNN.

To read the full CNN report, click here.

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