State Senate moves to curb student drug overdoses

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan may soon become the eighth state to allow access to medication that would fight drug overdoses in schools.

The Senate Health Policy Committee today approved legislation that would allow schools to stock naloxone, a medication more commonly known as Narcan.

Sponsor and Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich said “saving lives must be our ultimate goal as we tackle this epidemic on all fronts, including prevention, treatment and enforcement.”

Under the package of Senate bills there would be very specific requirements for school districts deciding to obtain Narcan.

Those restrictions include:

  • There must be at least two employees in the school district that are trained on how to administer the drug.
  • The training must be approved by a licensed professional nurse.
  • School personnel must call 911 if they believe a pupil is having an overdose.
  • School personnel must notify parents, or legal guardians of students, who were administered the drug, and encourage the parent or guardian to seek substance abuse treatment for the pupil.

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States. Overdoses have nearly quadrupled in the state since 1999.

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