With opioid overdoses at an all-time high in Connecticut, a local school district says it’s now going to keep a potentially life-saving drug on hand.
Nurses at Wallingford’s two high schools will start carrying Naloxone, also known as Narcan later this week.
Narcan is a drug that helps counter the effects of and reverse an opioid overdose.
"A few years back there were a series of overdoses that occurred in the community with students who graduated, were out of high school, 3 to 5 years,” said Wallingford Superintendent of Schools Sal Menzo.
Working with the Coalition for a Better Wallingford, and police and fire officials, they’ll have the drug at the two public high schools starting Dec. 1, and the district said while it hasn’t had an overdose in its schools, they know it’s an issue in their town, like so many others.
"I think it's a good idea,” said David Parent, of Wallingford, who said this is a wise move. “Overdosing and this opioid stuff it is a crisis, it's hurting a lot of people. Yeah, it's a sad commentary on life, but it's something you should do."
The doses were purchased through a grant.
Before administering the nasal spray, the district has set up a protocol, including assessing the situation, calling 911, and checking vital signs.
"We do want to be proactive, again we didn't have any incidents in the district, but we have AEDS, we have emergency epinephrine, so it just followed we should have naloxone in the case if we need it,” said Kathy Neelon, school district nurse coordinator.
Wallingford's superintendent says he is aware of a few other public high schools in Connecticut that are already carrying the drug or considering.
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