Naloxone Offered Free to High Schools Around the Country

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The opioid overdose antidote naloxone is being offered free to high schools around the country by the drugmaker Adapt Pharma, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, quickly reverses overdoses from heroin and prescription painkillers. Naloxone will be offered in nasal spray form to high schools through state departments of education. The Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative is collaborating on the project.

Many states do not have rules that would permit high school staff to administer naloxone in an emergency without facing liability from parents or guardians, the article notes. There are significant variations in state and local rules about whether staff is allowed to administer medication to students. In some school districts, medication can only be administered by school nurses, who often work at more than one school.

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in June said that “incorporating use of naloxone into school emergency preparedness and response plans is a school nurse role.” In a statement, the group said “the safe and effective management of opioid pain reliever-related overdose in schools [should] be incorporated into the school emergency preparedness and response plan.”

Last year, New York joined at least four other states in allowing public school nurses to add naloxone to their inventory. Other states with similar policies include Vermont, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Adapt Pharma is also providing a grant to NASN to support their education efforts concerning opioid overdose education materials. In a news release from the company, NASN President Beth Mattey said school nurses act as first responders in schools. “We educate our students, families, and school staff about prescription drug and substance abuse, and help families seek appropriate treatment and recovery options,” she said. “Having access to naloxone can save lives and is often the first step toward recovery. We are taking a proactive approach to address the possibility of a drug overdose in school.”

Photo source: Adapt Pharma

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    Kathleen M Alnory

    March 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    I know I called my school board and told them about this..

    This stops overdose

    While someones child is dying, and no one had anything to help …It is too late
    Having this on hand
    In a time where opiate use is rampant, and not having this… is like saying
    When you live near venomous snakes… that you’re inviting snake bites because you have antivenom…


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    February 2, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    I have read several articles about this but how does a school go about giving this?

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    ML Kufta

    January 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding Naloxone . It produces a sense of safety in the same manner as an epipen for anaphylaxis shock, Albuteral inhaler for asthma and candy or fruit juice to a diabetic.
    It saves a life. Narcan begins to wear off after only 30 minutes and is usually gone in an hour to 90 minutes, time for first responders to take over.
    I am a retired teacher and I lost my son to heroin. Today Heroin is inexpensive, easily obtained and its use is approaching epidemic proportions.

    This is not a promotion of use, it is a first step in a path to recovery.

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    Barry Schecter

    January 26, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    I have very mixed feelings about the supplying of Naloxone on the level it is being recommended. Naloxone is not treatment for Opiate Dependence. I understand that NOBODY should die, and I’m glad that Naloxone is available. My thought is that are we creating a false sense of safety that Naloxone can always reverse overdose? Perhaps this is not the message that we need to be broadcasting. Maybe Naloxone is available to you; how can we have a discussion about use or abuse of opiates?

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