Naloxone comes to School District 73

By Vanessa Ybarra
December 12, 2016 - 8:04am Updated: December 12, 2016 - 6:20pm

KAMLOOPS — Starting in January, Kamloops secondary schools can apply to have naloxone kits on site.

Naloxone is known as a safe, effective drug in reversing the effects of fentanyl.

School District 73 officials say they were approached with the idea of putting the kits in schools this fall, considering there were 31 overdose deaths in Kamloops in the first 10 months of this year.

"At the end of October we were advised by the Chief Medical Officer of B.C. that schools had the option of providing naloxone first aid administration to students in their school," said Trish Smillie, Director of Student Support Services for School District 73. "Fortunately no students to date in B.C. have had an overdose in B.C schools"

Smillie says if staff feel there's a high overdose risk at their school they can apply for a naloxone kit to be provided.

From there, it's up to staff to decide who will be trained in administering the kit.

"We realize there haven't been any instances in the school at this point, but I think it's good to have that precaution there," said David Komljenovic, President of the Kamloops Thompson Teachers' Association. "We're hopeful there are individuals who are trained properly so that way we'll make sure this is dealt with when it happens in the future."

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