Nine days after a teenage student died of an apparent overdose from a fentanyl-laced pill, Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced plans to combat the national opioid epidemic, including distributing naloxone nasal sprays – used to reverse an opioid overdose in an emergency – to schools over the coming weeks.
Naloxone, which often goes by the brand name Narcan, will be provided by the county’s Department of Public Health at no cost to the district, which has also received support from The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, officials said on Thursday, Sept. 22.
There are currently enough doses for the district’s high schools, which will receive the medication over the next two weeks, officials said. Additional doses will be distributed to middle and elementary campuses as they become available. L.A. Unified has approximately 1,400 schools.
Nurses and other health care providers on campuses have been or will be trained to administer naloxone, with training to begin next month.
Additionally, school police officers on patrol will have access to Narcan in the event of an emergency.
“We have an urgent crisis on our hands,” LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. “Research shows that the availability of naloxone along with overdose education is effective at decreasing overdoses and death – and will save lives. We will do everything in our power to ensure that not another student in our community is a victim to the growing opioid epidemic. Keeping students safe and healthy remains our …read more
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News
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