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University of Michigan partners with Zingerman's to fight opioid epidemic

A nasal spray version of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone demonstrated at police headquarters in Quincy, Mass., in 2014.
Gretchen Ertl
A nasal spray version of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone demonstrated at police headquarters in Quincy, Mass., in 2014.

Zingerman’s employees are now set to learn how to administer naloxone, which is a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

This is part of a partnership with the University of Michigan.

Four lead managers of Zingerman’s have already been trained. They will now train their employees.

Gina Dahlem is a clinical associate professor of nursing at the University of Michigan. She says this partnership will save lives and bring awareness to such a program.

“And it sets the tone for other businesses, I believe, to follow and to consider whether or not they would like to also incorporate in this training into their businesses.”

The university is open to future partnerships with more community organizations.

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Victoria Smith is a senior at Eastern Michigan University who is studying media studies and journalism. In addition to working as a summer intern at WEMU, she is the content editor for The Eastern Echo.
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