Los Angeles district schools to receive naloxone following series of overdoses

Sept. 23 (UPI) — All K-12 schools in the Los Angeles School District will receive life-saving medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose, officials said following a series of overdoses in the district.

Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent for the country’s second largest school district, announced the deployment of naloxone Thursday, stating all schools will receive the medicine in the coming weeks at no cost to them or the district.

“We have an urgent crisis on our hands,” he said in a statement. “Research shows that the availability of naloxone along with overdose education is effective at decreasing overdoses and death — and will save lives.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure that not another student in our community is a victim to the growing opioid epidemic. Keeping students safe and healthy remains our highest priority.”

The announcement came after one student died and another was hospitalized on Sept. 13 after experiencing overdoses at Bernstein High School, located in Hollywood.

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