ASWSU: Narcan comes to residence halls, Greek Life

Senators discuss drink testing kits, scholarships for undocumented students



Pullman Police Officer Doug Anderson holds a box of Narcan, a nasal spray used for people who have overdosed on drugs, Nov. 2nd.

GABRIELLE BOWMAN, Evergreen news co-editor

Narcan and drink testing kits are set to be available to students after Thanksgiving break.

ASWSU President Jacob Martinez said the university will receive 30 opioid overdose treatments known as Narcan. The treatments will be distributed to residence halls, Greek Life chapters and any student organizations that would like to have them, he said.

“I am going to set up a meeting where individuals are going to have to learn how to use the Narcan and be the ones to obtain it,” he said. “So, it is going to be kind of like a training, and this is just to provide more of the patient statement that Narcan is a there-and-then type of moment.”

Narcan should only be used when absolutely necessary, Martinez said.

On top of getting these treatments, WSU is also receiving drink testing kits. Six thousand dollars in funding for the kits will come from ASWSU’s Coug Health Fund, he said. 

Martinez also discussed compensation for undocumented students at the Wednesday night meeting. ASWSU hopes to implement a scholarship to pay undocumented students, he said. 

To fund the scholarship, ASWSU will create a gala, which is planned for November 2023. It will work with other organizations to make students aware of the gala, so more people will attend the event, Martinez said. 

“The scholarship is going to be application-based, so it is going to be for undocumented students who are working. There’s going to be simple questions [on the scholarship], but for those who fill it out, they will be approved,” Marinez explained.  

Martinez plans to meet with Stephen Bischoff, Multicultural Student Services director, to figure out how to make the scholarship payments on a monthly basis.

“Right now, it’s looking like if we do this scholarship, it’s going to be a one-time fee,” Martinez said.