8121.1 - OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION
8000 - SUPPORT SERVICES
8121.1 OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION
Last Updated Date: 03/28/2019
Revisions History: 03/28/2019, 03/10/2016
Related Policies & Documents: 5300, 5440, 8121.1R, 8121.1E1, 8121.1E1A, 8121.1E2, 8121.1E3
The Board of Education recognizes that many factors, including the use and misuse of prescription painkillers, can lead to the dependence on and addiction to opiates, and that such dependence and addiction can lead to overdose and death among the general public, including district students and staff. The Board wishes to minimize these deaths by the use of opioid overdose prevention measures.
Due to the nationwide increase in the number of opioid overdoses, as of August 2015, New York State has issued a law encouraging and allowing school districts to keep Naloxone (NARCAN) on hand for emergency use. The Board directs the school physician to issue a non-patient specific standing order for RN’s to administer intranasal naloxone (also known as NARCAN, among other names). The non-patient specific order shall include a written protocol containing the elements required by the regulations of the Commissioner of Education. A copy of this standing order and the NARCAN “kits” will be kept in each health office in the District.
Naloxone shall be accessible during school hours and during on-site school-sponsored activities. The Board permits school nurses to administer intranasal naloxone to any person at school or a school event displaying symptoms of an opioid overdose.