Federal legislation could provide schools with more Narcan units to fight overdoses

Schools may soon have better resources to respond to student drug overdoses under legislation introduced by U.S. House Republicans last week.

House Resolution 7189, titled the “School Resource Officers Save Lives Act,” incorporates a new tool into the nation’s fight against opioid abuse. U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA, introduced the legislation to create a pilot program for Narcan administration in schools.

“Fatal drug overdoses … are on the rise in our Central Washington communities,” Newhouse said in a statement last week. “This alarming trend has tragically taken the lives of students in Washington state and across the United States.”

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