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Lower Dauphin School Board considers use of naxolone for drug overdoses

School employees will be able to provide naxolone to a person experiencing an overdose under a policy Lower Dauphin School Board is considering.

The board completed its first reading of the new policy during its June 6 meeting and is expected to adopt it Aug. 8, at its next meeting.

Naxolone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is a medication delivered through the nose or by injection that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It may be used to treat overdoses from morphine, heroin, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

Under the proposed policy, employees will complete a state Department of Health training program prior to having access to naxolone in the event of an overdose. Two secondary school nurses will be certified to administer naxolone, only if emergency personnel are not immediately available, said Jim Hazen, district spokesman.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:03

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