LANSING, Mich. (WLNS/WOOD) — Michigan may soon become the eighth state to allow schools to stock medication to fight drug overdoses.
Tuesday, the Senate Health Policy Committee approved legislation that would allow schools to stock naloxone, a medication more commonly known as Narcan.
“We’re seeing even younger people being affected by it. We’re seeing the middle school kids is the age of the biggest increase of addiction and potentially overdose, so we have to do what we
can to make sure families are protected and schools are a place where they spend a lot of their time,” said Senate democratic leader Jim Ananich of Flint, who sponsored the measure.
Under the package of Senate bills, school districts that want to stock Narcan would have to meet the following requirements:
- At least two employees in the school district must be trained on how to administer the drug.
- Their training must be approved by a licensed professional nurse.
- School personnel must call 911 if they believe a student is suffering from an overdose.
- School personnel must notify parents or legal guardians of students who were administered Narcan, 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 Michigan since 1999.
The original version of this story was first posted on WLNS.com.