MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–It’s in the hands of first responders all across the state, and more and more people are using it. It’s known as Narcan or Naloxone, and it reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Now it’s in every school in Milford.
“This was more of a preventive strategy and not necessarily due to any particular incident or anything like that, but really trying to potentially be proactive and get ahead of the issue,” said Deepa Joseph, the Health Director for the City of Milford.
Joseph says the decision to train school nurses on how to administer Narcan was made by the Health Department and the school’s medical coordinator. While Narcan has been in many high schools and even some middle schools for a while now, Milford is one of the first districts to have it in elementary schools.
Nurses were trained by the Fire Department to use Narcan over the summer. So far they haven’t had to use it and hope they never do.
“We just felt strongly that we needed to have it in all the schools because lots of people visit the school building and you never know and you just want to be prepared,” said Joseph.
With opioid use on the rise and showing no signs of slowing down some parents are praising the decision, saying kids can easily become innocent victims.
“Sometimes they are exposed to things even though they may be too young,” said Sally Whelan, a mother with two young daughters. “They don’t even realize what it is they’ve been exposed to. If God forbid something like that was needed to save their life, than it would be a good thing to have it.”