The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced that it will make Narcan, an anti-overdose medication, available to all schools. This announcement was made after a 15-year-old student was found dead in a Hollywood school bathroom after overdosing on fentanyl.
Alberto M. Carvalho, the superintendent, said that naloxone (Narcan) would be available in all K-12 schools. The drug has turned out to be crucial as it “temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose in emergency situations”. The National Institutes of Health have said that it is safe and is administered as a nasal spray.
“Research shows that the availability of naloxone in conjunction with overdose education is effective in decreasing overdoses and death, and will save lives,” LAUSD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Smita Malhotra said in a statement. “There has been a growing trend of illicit drugs and contaminated pills containing fentanyl and other potentially deadly substances entering Los Angeles. Los Angeles Unified will do everything in our power to ensure that no other student in our community falls victim to the growing opioid epidemic. Keeping students safe and healthy remains our top priority.”
Dr. Malhotra also said that the Los Angeles Unified School District will implement “peer counseling” and work to educate communities about the dangers of drugs.