Pa. to put drug that reverses overdoses in schools for free

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 2, 2016 8:22 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania will be the first state to work with a pharmaceutical company to get a life-saving drug into every public school.

Four state departments are part of the partnership with Adapt Pharma that will put a case of naloxone doses in schools.

The drug reverses the effects of an overdose on heroin or other opioids.

Many police officers now carry naloxone as well, and have saved hundreds of lives.

Naloxone usually costs about $40 for a single dose.

New education materials and training will also be provided to school nurses.

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