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More Omaha area schools introducing Narcan as essential first-aid tool [Video]

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More than 47% of the poisoning deaths among children are attributed to opiods. Veuer’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has the story.

The national opioid crisis is prompting an increasing number of Omaha-area school districts to carry medication to counteract overdoses.

Naloxone, the drug that temporarily reduces the harmful effects of opioid overdoses, is now commonly stocked in nurse office cabinets at area high schools, and some middle schools are already carrying the medication or considering it as a proactive measure.

During a meeting last week, the Westside Community Schools board reviewed a new policy proposal that would supply its middle school and high school with the nasal spray medication, commonly referred to as Narcan, the brand name of the device that delivers naloxone. The board still has to take action on the policy in a future meeting.

“Safety in our schools is our top priority at Westside,” said Brandi Paul, district …

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