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Mississippi State joins ‘One Pill Can Kill’ initiative to combat overdose deaths

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Mississippi State University has joined an initiative to combat overdose deaths, especially ones stemming from the rising emergence of fentanyl in drugs.

University officials in Starkville partnered up with the Mississippi Attorney General’s office to launch the One Pill Can Kill campaign to educate, support, and empower people with information on the dangers of fentanyl, how to identify it, and what to do if a student or friend is overdosing.

“As one of our largest universities, Mississippi State’s involvement in One Pill Can Kill is crucial to combatting the fentanyl crisis,” Attorney General Lynn Fitch said. “By raising awareness of the dangers of fentanyl and equipping students with the knowledge and tools to stop an overdose, I am confident lives will be saved. I am grateful for all our partners who are working together to end this deadly epidemic.”

As part of the partnership, the AG’s Office has delivered 1,000 Fentanyl Harm Prevention Kits for MSU students and provided training on how to properly use the fentanyl test strips.

“At Mississippi State University, we want all of our students to study, learn, and grow in an environment that nurtures and supports them. We also want to help them understand the risks they face and give them the knowledge they need to make good decisions and to know what to do to help others,” MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum said.

“It’s clear that fentanyl poses a very serious risk for our students, and for that matter, all of us. However, I’m confident our state and nation can beat the opioid epidemic by working together, and that’s why we are so pleased to join the One Pill Can Kill campaign. I applaud Attorney General Fitch for leading this fight as we all work together to educate and empower our students and fellow Mississippians.”

MSU now joins Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and Alcorn State University in partnering with the campaign.

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