ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Muhlenberg College in Allentown is teaming up with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to prevent overdose deaths.
The goal is to educate students and faculty through courses the college will offer on campus.
One student on campus saw a need for education in opioid prevention and found a way to fill it.
"The crisis is absolutely devastating. It is arguably the most defining public health challenge of our generation," said Kevan Shah, a sophomore at Muhlenberg College.
He says he's fed up, and he's using his frustrations to bring about change at Muhlenberg College.
"It is incredible what Kevin has done," said Chrysan Cronin, director and assistant professor of public health.
He saw a need for education in opioid prevention. Part of that is to train students the correct way to administer naloxone in the case of an overdose.
"What he found is that it is very effective when it is used correctly, but the problem is that many people don't know how to use it," Cronin said.
So Shah's next step was figuring out how he was going to make a difference.
"To go out into the community, to lead workshops on opioid overdose recognition and prevention," he said.
The idea will be to train college students that will in turn lead the training out in the community, whether that be at businesses, libraries, or schools.
He wants to continue to spread the hard facts on this worldwide epidemic.
"In PA alone we are losing over 2,200 lives...our friends, our families, our neighbors, to opioid overdoses, and in Lehigh County alone, 1 in 10 have been affected," Shah said.
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol, the school will receive a $100,000 grant to continue Shah's mission to stand up and make a change.
"We all have a voice and we all have the power to make a difference," he said.
Shah said their first meeting will be held Friday.