YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Some school resource officers in York County carry a drug that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. Now, some nurses want to carry it, too.
The York City School District Police Department started carrying Narcan last month, before the start of the school year, through an agreement with the district attorney’s office.
School officials say carrying the antidote is just one approach to safety and security in and around their buildings. Due to York County’s recent struggle with heroin, they believe it is their responsibility to use every tool available for saving lives.
The National Association of School Nurses is pushing all schools to keep Narcan on hand. The Department of Education has weighed in on the issue, leaving the decision to have Narcan available to administrators in the hands of the school districts.
York County Coroner Pam Gay believes Narcan should be in every school.
There’s no word on when, or if, school nurses will carry Narcan.