Schools can prepare for opiate overdose.
“In 2016, about 3,621 Washington State 12th graders had tried heroin at least once and even more (about 4,526) use pain killers to get high in any given month.”
If a student overdoses, a medication called naloxone could save their life.
To prevent and prepare for opiate overdose, schools can:
- Develop a standing order for naloxone (Narcan) administration and a protocol for overdose response.
- Educate staff and students about the Washington Good Samaritan Law.
- Teach staff and students what naloxone is and how to use it.
- Make sure staff and students know where they can get naloxone.
- Make youth-friendly opiate safety education materials available.
Questions? Contact Yakima Health District at (509) 575-4040 or (800) 535-5016.