South Jersey High Schools Add Opioid Reversal Drug to Nurse Inventory

Three Camden County high schools will train its nurses in the administration of Narcan, an opioid reversal nasal spray, as well as provide medicine kits with the drug.

Triton, Highland and Timber Creek high schools are the first in the county to take these steps against the country’s overdose epidemic.

“We believe the policy adopted by this district should be adopted by every district in New Jersey,” said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “We have to be prepared at all times and at all costs to save somebody who has overdosed.”

Since the price of a two-dose Narcan kit has more than tripled since the policy was drafted, officials are looking for a solution to the drug price spike. Black Horse Pike Regional School District Superintendent Brian Repici has suggested volume purchasing with local law enforcement or seeking funding from grants.

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