West Virginia School Division Seeks OD Antidote Drug

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WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – In another sign of West Virginia’s drug epidemic, a school division in the state’s Northern Panhandle wants to stock a drug to resuscitate students who are overdosing.

The move is by the Brooke County schools. The county school board is seeking a waiver of state policy to allow the county to keep naloxone in its two middle schools and one high school.

Lead school nurse Carol Cipoletti tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the waiver would allow school nurses to administer the drug. It can quickly return breathing to people suffering from overdoses on prescription pills or heroin.

The West Virginia Legislature passed legislation this year to let police, firefighters and others to give naloxone to people overdosing on heroin or prescription pain pills.