Talk looks at how naloxone, used as an opioid overdose response, came to matter

Nancy Campbell

Social movements matter in the Department of Science and Technology Studies in the Faculty of Science. Come listen to guest speaker Professor Nancy Campbell of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as she delivers the talk, “Tracing the Travels of a Technology of Solidarity: Opioid Overdose Response,” on Tuesday, March 5, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at Norman’s – 203A Bethune College, Keele Campus.

Harm reduction movements aim to reduce patterns of risky drug use. Campbell will examine the travels of naloxone, a technology of solidarity that animates its role as a narcotic antagonist to counteract opioid overdoses.

How did naloxone, once a relatively unfamiliar cultural object used regularly by emergency medical responders, emerge as a mundane technology of solidarity in the wake of rising overdose death rates in the United States and the United Kingdom? How did naloxone come to matter?

Light refreshments will be served.

Campbell is a professor and the department head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Renasselaer.

Her research focuses on technology as related to healthcare, with recent work on the social significance of legal and illegal drugs to those who govern and use them, produce scientific knowledge about them, and seek to treat drug problems.

Campbell is currently working on the history of overdose prevention; the ethics of LSD research in the US Public Health Service; and the fruitful convergence between neuroscience and addiction research.

To learn more, visit the Science and Technology Studies website, or email