LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Thursday that it will make the anti-overdose drug Narcan available on all its campuses by mid-October.
The announcement comes in the wake of recent student overdoses of fentanyl, including the death of a 15-year-old girl in the bathroom at Bernstein High School in Hollywood.
Doses of Narcan, or naloxone, will also be provided to all LAUSD school police officers, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.
According to a LAUSD press release, the doses will be provided free of charge by the provincial Ministry of Health.
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Narcan, when administered in a timely manner, can counteract the effects of an overdose and allow the patient to resume breathing. The treatment is only temporary, lasting between 30 and 90 minutes, but is intended to allow first responders to arrive and start a more permanent treatment.
“Research shows that the availability of naloxone along with overdose education is effective in reducing overdoses and death — and will save lives,” Carvalho said in a statement. “We will do everything we can to ensure that no other student in our community becomes a victim of the growing opioid epidemic. Keeping students safe and healthy remains our top priority.”Read:https://chof360.com/getting-a-flu-vaccine-may-lower-stroke-risk-by-as-much-as-12/
The superintendent also announced plans on Thursday for a district-wide education campaign, including a “peer-to-peer” effort to educate students about the consequences of fentanyl use.
“There’s nothing better than a student colleague to explain the effects of fentanyl to other students,” he said.
He also said the district will roll out a massive online and in-person education campaign for parents next week to help them spot the signs of drug use and learn about the effects of fentanyl. He said the campaign will be conducted in multiple languages and will “touch every part of our district.”
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The district also plans to conduct a forced security task that will work with school police and other local law enforcement officers to provide a “higher level of surveillance” in parks and other areas where students are believed to be buying drugs.
“The opioid epidemic is a community crisis, and today Los Angeles Unified is taking concrete action to protect our students — both by making naloxone readily available and through proactive education and support,” board chairman Kelly Gonez said in a statement. “Our Board and Superintendent are committed to ensuring student safety on our campuses and in our communities.”Read:Trump advisers launch new super PAC MAGA Inc. to spend millions in midterms backing endorsed candidates
The potent opioid fentanyl has turned up in marijuana, illegal pills and other substances accessible to school-age children, experts say.
In addition to a nasal spray, naloxone can also be given as an injection.
City News Service and Associated Press contributed to this report.
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