- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - School administrators in the Bismarck area are being trained to use an opioid-overdose antidote commonly carried by first responders.

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is offering training and free doses of Narcan to area colleges and school districts in response to the region’s opioid crisis, the Bismarck Tribune reported .

Narcan is the nasal form of the drug naloxone, which can be administered in the event of a known or suspected drug overdose.

Public Health Director Renae Moch said a Narcan distributor will provide middle schools and high schools with a free box of two doses of the drug. The distributor will send four boxes to colleges in the area.

“It’s a way to initiate the response program at their locations,” Moch said.

Moch said the department’s training directs responders to contact 911. Moch emphasized that Narcan should not substitute emergency medical treatment, but noted it can be used to quickly help someone until emergency helps arrives.

Bismarck State College has made Narcan available in its residence halls. The college has also provided training to residential supervisors on how to detect signs of an overdose and how to administer the drug.

Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman said Narcan is one way to respond to the opioid crisis. But she said schools and community stakeholders need to continue working on prevention and education.

“I think together we can find a way to fight back and protect our young people as well as other people in the community,” Uselman said. “It is big and important work, and it’s going to take all of us.”

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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