PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon Schools now have access to a Fentanyl and Opioid Response Toolkit released by the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Education. OHA’s Director of Health in Education Ashley Thirstrup says it includes information on how to access and administer Narcan - a medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose. "I will not say definitively that this is happening widespread in Oregon schools. However, we do know that young people spend the majority of their time in school. So, this is a protective measure we can take to support and respond to an opioid overdose if it did happen." She adds, "This is a very key piece to the lifesaving first aid or AED systems they already have in place."
It also has information to help school staff recognizing an overdose, "Blue skin, pinpoint pupils, nonresponsive," says Thirstrup. And, it's designed to help develop overdose response procedures.