EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN EARLY ON TO PREVENT OPIOID USE. LATER ON & SUPPLY SCHOOLS W/NARCAN.
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With todays opioid epidemic taking thousands of lives, people in the community need to be educated not only on substance use disorder but its critical that our communities, which include our schools, be educated, supplied with and trained to administer Naloxone. But there is struggle trying to get Naloxone into our schools and to get staff and students educated. Naloxone, also known to some as Narcan, is a life saving tool when a person is overdosing from heroin or another opioid type drug. It is easy to administer, and staff would be properly trained. I as a parent would want the school of my child to have this on hand just in case. Its better to be safe then sorry. I lost my boyfriend 12/3/17 due to an overdose and I always carried Naloxone on me, just in case.
Students and staff need to be properly educated on what substance use disorder is, what are signs someone may be using drugs, signs of someone overdosing, and what they should do if they should happen to run into a situation of such.
Bringing awareness helps reduce the stigma that surrounds substance use disorder. Substance use does not discriminate against school teachers, principals, janitors, guidance couselors or students.
There is a bill right now that is trying to get passed titled "Jake's Law" that I fully support because it will allow integration of evidence based substance misuse prevention and the dangers of it, with a great emphasis on opioids due to today's large epidemic. It will also train teachers and other staff effective prevention strategies on substance abuse disorder. Something that our schools need to have because too many children are dying.
SAY YES TO EDUCATE OUR SCHOOLS AND SUPPLY THEM WITH A NALOXONE KIT, IT JUST MIGHT SAVE A STUDENTS LIFE...
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