Morning-after pill to be sold in vending machines at NY colleges

State News

Instead of just selling snacks and sodas, vending machines across the country are beginning to offer emergency contraception, in the form of what’s commonly known as the “morning-after pill.”

The machines are already in place at some New York colleges, including Barnard college and Columbia University.

“I have definitely seen them and it was a big hype when they first put them in, it’s really good to have those resources right on campus,” Danielle Smith, a student at Columbia University, said. 

Barnard, a liberal arts women’s college in Manhattan, has a partnership with Columbia, and plans on installing one of the vending machines outside of its primary care service center.

The pills sell for $40 per package, and are being sold in machines that also offer tampons and Advil.

In a statement, Barnard said: 

“After assessing student need and evaluating best practices among our peer institutions, we decided to install vending machines to ensure students would have access to a range of over-the-counter medications, including emergency contraception, at hours when pharmacies may be closed and they have need.”

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