In school nurse’s room: tylenol, bandages and an antidote to heroin
“Now, those cabinets also include naloxone [an opiate overdose medication], an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing. The city keeps it in every nurse’s office, including in its elementary schools.”
But the numbers of young people dying from overdoses around the country is striking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, opioids killed 7,163 people between the ages of 15 and 29, more than 20 percent of total deaths. And as communities across the country face this swell of death from heroin and pills, schools see the epidemic lapping at their doorsteps — killing friends, neighbors, recent graduates. Educators are increasingly deciding that they should have naloxone on hand.
Original Article (New York Times):
In School Nurse’s Room: Tylenol, Bandages and an Antidote to Heroin
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