End Overdose is providing life-saving tools and training in response to the surge in fentanyl-laced substances on college campuses

Last February, a rumor went around UCLA that a particularly bad batch of drugs was circulating on campus. The tip prompted a rapid response from a newly formed student organization—End Overdose at UCLA—whose overarching mission is to save fellow students’ lives.

The ensuing 48 hours were a test of sorts for Gianna Uy, then co-president of the organization, to get out in front of a potential tragedy. And in the span of two days, End Overdose at UCLA—with the support of campus Greek life leadership—went beyond communicating warnings about possible tainted street drugs to training students in 21 fraternities and sororities in how to use fentanyl testing strips and naloxone kits.