Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) has revised its student medication policy to allow trained school staff to possess and administer Narcan (naloxone) to students or other individuals who are believed to be experiencing an opioid overdose. MAPS middle and high schools now have Narcan on site, located in health offices and in automated external defibrillator (AED) stations. MAPS has collaborated with Steve Rummler from the HOPE Network for staff training.
What is Narcan/Naloxone?
Naloxone (Narcan) is an emergency medication given by nasal spray that can work instantly to reverse opioid overdose. It is essential to know that the effects of naloxone are temporary and when used to treat an overdose, individuals will still need emergency medical attention (911).