The Los Angeles Unified College District has introduced that it’s going to make Narcan, an anti-overdose remedy, obtainable to all colleges. This announcement was made after a 15-year-old pupil was discovered useless in a Hollywood college’s rest room following a fentanyl overdose.
Alberto M. Carvalho, the superintendent, mentioned that naloxone (Narcan) could be obtainable in any respect Okay-12 colleges. The remedy has turned out to be essential because it “quickly reverses the results of an overdose in emergency situations.” The Nationwide Institutes of Well being has mentioned it’s protected and is run as a nasal spray.
“Analysis exhibits that the supply of naloxone together with overdose schooling is efficient at lowering overdoses and dying–and can save lives,” Dr. Smita Malhotra, Medical Director of LAUSD, mentioned in an announcement. “There was a rising pattern of illicit medicine and contaminated capsules containing fentanyl and different life-threatening substances which have entered Los Angeles. Los Angeles Unified will do every part in our energy to make sure that not one other pupil in our neighborhood is a sufferer to the rising opioid epidemic. Protecting college students protected and wholesome stays our highest precedence.”
Dr. Malhotra additionally mentioned that Los Angeles Unified could be implementing “peer-to-peer counseling” and can work to coach the communities in regards to the risks of medication.