CHARLEROI, Pa. —
The Charleroi Area School District is equipping nurses with naloxone, a drug also known by the brand name Narcan that is used to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses.
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at the Valley Independentreported that Superintendent Ed Zelich announced during a school board meeting Tuesday that the district is stocking a small supply of naloxone.
Naloxone, which is administered via syringe or a nasal spray, works to get an overdose patient breathing again without creating a high or having major side effects.
Zelich called the decision to make naloxone available within the school district “proactive” and credited Charleroi Regional police Chief Eric Porter with acquiring the overdose antidote, according to the Valley Independent. School nurses and security guards will be trained to administer naloxone at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
The Valley Independent reported that Zelich said the decision does not mean he thinks the school district has a drug problem. However, the district is watching for signs of drug use among students.