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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia County schools will now have Narcan available on all campuses, officials confirmed on Saturday.
“All of our guardians have now been trained and equipped with it,” a Volusia County Schools told News 6.
In Volusia County, school guardians do not have arrest authority and are employees of the school district.
Naloxone, the generic name for Narcan, is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids—including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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In October, News 6 reported that the Volusia County Recovery Alliance was pushing for Narcan kits to be available in all Volusia schools.
“It’s sad that I think it’s necessary,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at the time.
Back in July, a 17-year-old in DeLand suffered a fatal overdose after ingesting fentanyl-laced narcotics, according to court records.
Before then, another DeLand High School student had a medical episode in the school’s bathroom after smoking a fentanyl-laced vape pen, investigators said.
And in October, a 15-year-old Deltona High School student was caught vaping in a bathroom, and his vape pen tested positive for THC and fentanyl, the sheriff’s office announced.
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