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Worcester County Board of Education Approves Naloxone Administration Policy

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WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. - Back in 2017, lawmakers in Annapolis passed the "Start Talking Maryland Act."

That act requires public schools to offer education about heroin and opioid addiction and prevention.

The law also requires school boards to establish a policy related to the administration of naloxone, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose.

The Worcester County Board of Education has passed its Naloxone Administration Policy.

"All of our school buildings will be storing and maintaining naloxone. And we will have people in each building, a minimum of three people in each building, trained to administer that," said Coordinator of Instruction Tamara Mills.

As part of the policy, school nurses will be re-trained to administer naloxone. All school deputies will also receive training, as well as athletic trainers. Some administrators who are involved in after school or summer programs will be trained as well.

Travis Ayres helps take care of his cousin who attends Pocomoke Middle School. He's also trained to administer Narcan and says he understands why the use of this medication can be a divisive issue.

"Some people could use that as a crutch. It allows them a safety net. It allows them to be revived back after an overdose," said Ayres. 

However, Ayres also said he understands the need for naloxone in schools.

"It can be good for the community and for the kids that are exposed to the opioid epidemic because it is a problem. There are issues in our communities. It's affected my family," said Ayres.

Mills said the school district's main priority is safety.

"The school system feels like it's not our job to make any moral or ethical decisions for anyone. It's our job to make sure it's available in case of an emergency," said Mills.

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