School districts to decide whether to accept heroin antidote

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Narcan Nasal Spray, Adapt Pharma

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A heroin antidote could be coming to private and public high schools in Kentucky this fall.

Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Executive Director Van Ingram tells The Courier-Journal it will be up to each Kentucky school district to decide whether to accept the free kits being offered by Adapt Pharma.

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The pharmaceutical company announced earlier this year that it would donate Narcan, a name brand of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, to any high school in the nation that wants it.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said she could not immediately comment on whether the district would participate.

Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says training on using the Narcan kits is tentatively scheduled for September at the department’s annual health coordinators’ seminar.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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