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Board of Regents Gives Green Light To Narcan Use By School Employees

Trained school employees can now administer Narcan in the event of an emergency in New York State.
Trained school employees can now administer Narcan in the event of an emergency in New York State. Photo Credit: Flickr

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- New York State school employees are now allowed to administer the opioid overdose drug also known as Narcan, thanks to a measure passed by the Board of Regents.

State Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse said,

"During our budget negotiations this was one issue I would not let fall by the wayside. Today's decision by the Board of Regents is a common sense measure that could potentially save lives," state Sen. Terrence Murphy said in a statement. "As a father of three kids, we should continue to be proactive, rather than reactive on this issue."

Under the new regulation, any school employee, including BOCES, charter school and non-public elementary or secondary school employees who have been properly trained to administer Narcan, can give it to any student or staff member in the event of an emergency.

According to reports, high school students who reported using heroin has more than doubled in New York State. In 2013 alone, there were 89,269 admissions into treatment facilities for heroin and prescription opioid abuse in New York, which was an increase of nearly 25,000 admissions since 2004.

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