HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvania’s schools to obtain a drug that can reverse heroin and opioid overdoses.
Wolf said school districts have been asking the departments of Education and Health for permission to keep and use the antidote naloxone, also known as Narcan. In a letter to all 500 school districts in the state, his administration pointed out that state law already allows them to do so.
“Across the country and in Pennsylvania, the rate of deadly heroin and prescription opioids overdoses is unprecedented,” Wolf said in a statement Friday. “In light of this tragic fact, we would encourage any person or entity in a position to help individuals who are vulnerable to an overdose to obtain naloxone.”
Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy said opioid overdose is the leading public health problem in Pennsylvania, and many of the victims are young. She said having naloxone in schools may prevent an unnecessary loss of life.
The departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs have online training available for school officials.