Dublin school board approves heroin overdose drug policy

DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) – Dublin City Schools is one step closer to adopting a policy that would allow for the procurement and administration of the heroin overdose drug Naloxone.

During Monday night’s school board meeting, a first reading of the policy was approved unanimously by board members.

“We think it is better to be proactive to have measures in place just in case something would happen,” said Tracey Miller, Director of Student Operations.

It’s a plan the district has been working on for several months, which also included conversations with students, teachers and parents.

Miller said they even had a candid discussion about the prevalence of heroin in the central Ohio community with the Dublin Police Department.

“We did see a pretty alarming graphic by our police department,” said Miller. “And they have a red dot placed around all of 270 and Franklin County area where there was a dosage of Narcan administered to someone who had an opioid overdose. And it was in the hundreds, if not in the thousands.”

Dublin City Schools is working to procure the drug at a cost of $55 per dose for the nasal spray. District nurses are devising a training program for a diverse group of educators and staff members who could be called upon to save a life.

“We’d love to have this program up and running, if not before the start of the school year, but sometime thereafter,” said Miller.

A second and final vote of the policy is set for June 13.

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