LAUSD To Provide Schools With Narcan After Incidents With Teens Overdosing

Los Angeles Unified School District has announced that it will make Narcan, an anti-overdose drug, available to all schools. The announcement was made after a 15-year-old student was found dead from a fentanyl overdose in the bathroom of a Hollywood school.

Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said naloxone (Narcan) will be available in all K-12 schools. The drug has proved important because it “temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose in emergency scenarios.” The National Institutes of Health states that it is safe and is administered as a nasal spray.

LAUSD Medical Director Dr. Smita Malhotra said in a statement, “Research shows that the availability of naloxone, as well as overdose education, is effective in reducing overdoses and deaths and will save lives. ” “There has been a growing trend of illegal drugs and contaminated pills containing fentanyl and other life-threatening substances entering Los Angeles. Los Angeles Unified will do everything in our power to ensure that no other student in our community Don’t fall prey to the growing opioid epidemic. Keeping students safe and healthy is our top priority.”

Dr. Malhotra also said that Los Angeles Unified will implement “peer-to-peer counseling” and work to educate communities about the dangers of drugs.