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DOWNEY BILL TO REQUIRE SCHOOLS TO MAINTAIN NARCAN SUPPLY CLEARS ASSEMBLY PANEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018

By NJG Press Releases, March 23 2018 12:10 pm

 

Contact Matthew Anderson (732) 695-3371

Bill would permit the school nurse to administer the antidote to a student or staff member who is experiencing an overdose.

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-542) would require high schools to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride, or a similar opioid antidote, and permit the school nurse to administer the antidote to a student or staff member who is experiencing an overdose. The board of education may designate additional employees who may be trained and authorized to administer the antidote in the absence of the nurse.

“Ideally, no student would use drugs, but the reality is that kids in New Jersey – whether their parents know it or not – are using them and are dying,” said Assemblywoman Downey.

“This legislation acknowledges that hard truth and responds accordingly.”

The bill was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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