EACS to stock schools with Narcan

EACS leaders said they don't have an issue with overdoses at schools, instead this is just a precaution.

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 9:07 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2018 10:55 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - Nacran will soon be stocked at all 16 schools in East Allen County Schools.

The district's board approved stocking the overdose reversal antidote 6-0 Tuesday.

District leaders said they don't have an issue with overdoses at schools, instead this is just a precaution.

But not all parents are happy about it.

"I don't want my child to think about drugs to fix drugs in schools," said Jodi Stambaugh, a New Haven High School parent.

Stambaugh said she doesn't think Narcan should be readily available for students.

"Do these kids think it's ok for drugs in school now so if they overdose they can just get narcan and be ok? In School!" she said.

EACS director of student services Michelle Wenglikowski said they don't have an overdose problem, but the district recognizes the growing opiod epidemic in the community.

"All of our schools have community members entering them on a daily basis, parents, visitors, delivery people," Wenglikowski said.

That's why EACS preschool parent Michelle Searcy supports the decision.

I think it is a good idea because I know drugs are very prevalent right now. Life is so precious, Anything that can save a life is probably a good idea," Searcy said.

Wenglokoski said the Narcan dose at the high schools will come through a grant while the district has to pay for the rest, which is about $75 for two doses.

She added school resource officers already carry Narcan in the schools.

"We recognize the response time to our schools and the availability of the SRO might warrant having some other options on hand," Wenglokoski said.

Only the school nurses will be able to administer the Narcan.

They will go through training and the Narcan should be in place at every school in about a month.

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