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Lebanon Schools May Soon Carry Drug Overdose Treatments

District Says It's An Effort to be Proactive in Wake of More and More Drug Issues

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LEBANON, Ind. – Lebanon schools may begin carrying and administrating drug overdose treatments soon.

Administrators in the Lebanon school district have started drafting procedures and polices to stock Narcan, a treatment used as an opioid antidote. Superintendent Robert Taylor said the district wants to be proactive as drug overdose in Indiana is at an all-time high.

"Law enforcement, first responders, medical facilities, those that have been dealing with this issue at a grass roots level for a number of months and in some cases, years,” said Taylor. 

School officials said although they haven’t experienced any overdoses, they want to prepare themselves and students. Earlier this week in Fort Wayne, medics used Narcan to revive two students suspected of overdosing on pills at school.

Taylor wants that resource available to staff who would be trained on how and when to use it.  

"It's good that they are dealing with it, but it's scary that it's necessary,” said Eric Shabi, Boone County parent.

The Lebanon school board and public have provided positive feedback to the draft. The board will review the draft and vote on its implementation later this year.

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