The following comes from an Apr. 21 story in the Sacramento Bee.
A vending machine at UC Davis dispensing an emergency contraceptive, known as the morning-after pill, may be one of the first of its kind on a university campus.
The machine was installed at the Activities and Recreation Center at UC Davis over spring break. It also offers condoms, feminine hygiene products, lubricant and over-the-counter allergy pills and pain relievers.
“I think these are just basic resources that students need on campuses,” said senior Parteek Singh, 21, who worked for two years to get the vending machine installed. “Most college students are sexually active … and these resources should be provided to them.”
Singh says only four universities in the nation sell emergency contraceptives in a vending machine. Some offer them in their pharmacies. The vending machine sells the morning-after pill for $30, the lowest price possible, he said.
Feedback about the vending machine, called “Wellness to Go,” has been positive, Singh said.
“I really value the anonymity of having a vending machine,” said student Georgia Savage, director of advocacy and student representation for the Associated Students of UC Davis.