Pa. high schools will be stocked with Naloxone kits

Written by David Payne/Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 17, 2016 6:28 AM

In this May 13, 2015 photo, the contents of a drug overdose rescue kit is seen at a training session in Buffalo, N.Y., on how to administer naloxone, which reverses the effects of heroin and prescription painkillers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

(Harrisburg) -- The Wolf Administration is launching an initiative to supply high schools in Pennsylvania with the anti-overdose drug Naloxone.

The departments of Health, State, Education, and Drug and Alcohol Programs are teaming up with Radnor-based Adapt Pharma, the Delaware County-based maker of Naloxone.

The pilot program will supply the drug free of charge at 642 public high schools in Pennsylvania.

State Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy says this is a first-of-its-kind program.

"We are the first in the country to supply all high schools with Naloxone, so should there be an overdose within the school, the school nurse would be able to reverse the overdose," she says.

Murphy notes it's just one of several steps the state is taking in dealing with what has become a crisis in the commonwealth.

"We're losing seven lives a day in Pennsylania from opiod overdoses," she says. "It has touched every family, every socio-economic group, every geographic area."

Each school will receive a two-dose container of the drug.

Starting next month, Naloxone will also be available at state-run public health centers.

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