School District in Virginia to Allow Students to Carry Narcan in Case of Drug Overdoses
“Arlington Public Schools will create safety protocols and guidelines as well as administer training for those who want to carry Narcan in school.”
Have we really come to the point where this is needed? Yes, we have.
FOX News reports:
Virginia school district to let students carry Narcan to reverse drug overdoses
Public school students in one northern Virginia county will soon be allowed to carry Narcan on school grounds.
Often administered through a nasal spray in emergency situations to reverse an opioid overdose, Narcan was recently approved by the FDA as an over-the-counter drug.
That move by federal officials prompted Arlington County School Superintendent Dr. Francisco Duran to take the lead on allowing students to carry the drug at school.
Arlington Public Schools will create safety protocols and guidelines as well as administer training for those who want to carry Narcan in school.
When the policy is in place, parents would need to sign a consent form stating their child has been trained in how to administer a dose of Narcan, and that they will call 911 and notify school staff in the event it is used.
Arlington Public Schools look to have the policy in place by May 26 and say they will continue to monitor, review and revise school policies and practices as additional guidance is released.
Narcan nasal spray was first approved by the FDA in 2015 as a prescription drug. The federal agency’s advisory committee voted unanimously back in February to approve of over-the-counter use.
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Exactly how many high school druggies will self administer an overdose of opiates while at school and then have the wit and self-possession to administer Narcan to themselves?
Oh, it’s probably like COVID masks. Your NARCAN is to save someone else; theirs is to save you.
However, you kids still better trot your daily seizure medications, insulin, cortisone cream, and keflex in to the school nurse’s security locker, or it’s The Cooler for you.