NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — School nurses in New York will now be allowed to administer Narcan to students who suffer seizures from an overdose of heroin or painkillers.
As part of the new state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature approved the use of the medicine, also known as naloxone, that reverses the effects of an overdose, as well as $272,000 in funding, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
“By making this investment to provide naloxone kits and training for schools, we are continuing to save lives in the fight against opioid use and addiction,” Cuomo said in a news release. “This is an epidemic that disproportionately impacts young New Yorkers and has caused far too much needless tragedy in every corner of the state.”