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Senate votes to allow schools to administer opioid overdose drug

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 file photo, a device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in the Brooklyn borough of New York. [AP PHOTO]
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 file photo, a device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in the Brooklyn borough of New York. [AP PHOTO]

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would authorize school nurses or other designated employees to administer Narcan or other lifesaving opiate antagonists to students who appear to be overdosing on opioids.

“Countering an overdose with a product like Narcan can literally mean the difference between life and death,” said state Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, author of Senate Bill 85. “This bill simply clarifies our statutes so school employees can be assured that they have the same legal protections given to others under state law.”

First responders, including emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers and firefighters, already are authorized to administer opiate antagonists, which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, allowing time to seek emergency medical care.The bill was a request from the State Department of Education, McCortney said.

Individuals authorized to administer the drugs would be required to undergo training by the Department of Health, law enforcement or another appropriate entity to learn how to recognize overdose symptoms, how to perform basic resuscitation techniques and how to properly administer an opiate antagonist.SB 85 now moves to the House.

Randy Ellis

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two... Read more ›

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