LAUSD schools to receive naloxone to combat overdoses in growing opioid epidemic

Los Angeles Unified School District School Board member Monica Garcia...

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.

Los Angeles Unified School District School Board member Monica Garcia speaks during a news conference at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Los Angeles Thursday, September 22, 2022. The news conference was held to announce a plan to address the opioid epidemic and to mitigate the impacts of overdoses in school. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Los Angeles Unified School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman speaks during a news conference at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Los Angeles Thursday, September 22, 2022. The news conference was held to announce a plan to address the opioid epidemic and to mitigate the impacts of overdoses in school. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho during a news conference at Miguel Contreras Learning …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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