The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that it will make Narcan, an anti-overdose drug, available to all schools. The announcement came after a 15-year-old student was found dead in a Hollywood school bathroom from a fentanyl overdose.
Alberto M. Carvalho, the superintendent, said naloxone (Narcan) would be available in all K-12 schools. The drug proved crucial as it “temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose in emergency scenarios”. The National Institutes of Health said it was safe and was given as a nasal spray.
“Research shows that the availability of naloxone along with overdose education is effective in reducing overdoses and deaths – and will save lives,” LAUSD Medical Director Dr. Smita Malhotra said in a statement. “There has been a growing trend of illicit drugs and tainted pills containing fentanyl and other life-threatening substances entering Los Angeles. Los Angeles Unified will do everything in its power to ensure that no no other student in our community becomes a victim of the growing opioid epidemic. Ensuring the safety and health of students remains our top priority.”
Dr. Malhotra also said Los Angeles Unified would implement “peer-to-peer counselling” and work to educate communities about the dangers of drugs.