SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – As the drug epidemic continues to sweep across the country, more places are keeping naloxone on hand to treat overdoses, including some schools.
Adapt Pharma, with offices in Randor, Pa., is working to increase access of the overdose reversal drug across the state. Their main focus right now is getting high schools involved.
Earlier this month, nearly 130 schools in Pennsylvania received two free doses of naloxone. The drug, if needed, would be delivered in a nasal spray.
In Mercer County, Sharon High School has been approved to have the drug on hand. In Lawrence County, Ellwood City School District and Lawrence County CTC have been approved. FULL LIST OF APPROVED SCHOOLS.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Doctor Karen Murphy, is commending those schools for providing drug education and awareness. She says it’s essential to fighting the epidemic.
“My purpose today was to say to the students what should we be doing? And they clearly said to us that education was important. What I charge them to do is to get back to us with how we could best educate high school students,” Murphy said.
Adapt Pharma is hoping this effort will serve as a model partnership program for other states.
According to the Adapt Pharma website, there were 29,000 fatal overdoses in 2014 in the U.S. – an average of one every 17 minutes. In 2011, there were an estimated 488,004 emergency department visits involving non-medical use of opiates or opioids.
At an October 6 meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it was decided that the FDA should increase the minimum acceptable dosing for community use naloxone products from the current level of 0.4 mg, and that the minimum standards used to support approval of naloxone products should differ between adults and children.