Opioids and Naloxone

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Drugs in this category include the prescription medications oxycodone, percocet, vicodin, morphine, fentanyl, among others, as well as heroin. In addition to the direct effects of each substance, drugs shared for recreational use can be tainted or mixed with other substances to increase its effects, sometimes without a user’s knowledge. Reversal of opioid effects with prescription naloxone (nasal spray Narcan) may save a person from overdose.

Updated Program – Thriving Thursdays

NEW! USC Student Health is converting the Thriving Thursday drop-in sessions in TCC 222, noon to 1pm, to a facilitated session on grief and loss for the rest of the semester. All USC students are welcome to come by; no appointment is needed.

Campus Climate Report: 2019 AAU Survey Results

Today (October 15, 2019) we are sharing the results of a national survey designed to better understand campus climate around sexual assault and sexual misconduct at universities across the country. The full release of data can be found on the AAU Campus Climate Survey Data website; the condensed findings are summarized in the Data Spotlight. The survey results clearly show the need for ongoing work to strengthen the prevention and intervention efforts already underway, and to provide additional support for those impacted. Over the past years, the university has increased efforts in these areas. We value your input and will continue to work vigilantly to improve the climate on our campuses.

Flu season is here!

The flu vaccine is free for USC students who have the Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) when it is administered at the USC Student Health Centers; the cost of the vaccine ($20) is billed for students on other insurance plans.

Undergraduate Student Government funds coverage of HIV testing at USC Student Health

Mahin Tahsin, Trenton Stone, Sarah Van Orman
USG leaders, vice president Mahin Tahsin, president Treton Stone, with USC Student Health chief health officer Sarah Van Orman

In an effort to improve those numbers and remove any financial or transportation barriers that could deter screening, USG is providing a grant to cover the costs of HIV testing for USC students who face financial barriers; the HIV testing will be provided on campus by USC Student Health at both Engemann and Eric Cohen student health centers, and is available to undergraduate and graduate students.

When counseling and clinical care meet: Jennifer Hsia joins USC Student Health as its first behavioral health consultant

Portrait style photo of Jennifer Hsia, who is photographed standing outside in front of a wall that is covered with bushes and a tree. She is wearing a black jacket and black t-shirt that says "USC Student" Health.
Jennifer Hsia will recognize opportunities to provide mental health consultation when it can benefit a patient's health at USC. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Hsia, who started at USC in July, will be a bridge between medical and mental health services for student patients. Her role as a behavioral health consultant was developed collaboratively between medical and mental health teams in USC Student Health, working on an integrative approach to patient care. Read more at USC News.

Regional Health Advisory on Measles

Although there are no measles cases confirmed at USC, the recent outbreak in Los Angeles County has given us an opportunity to remind members of our community how to protect themselves against this preventable and serious disease.