NYC public schools required to carry Narcan
The City Council voted in favor of a bill that will require all New York City public schools to carry Narcan, the medication used to help reverse an opioid overdose.
The bill was introduced six years ago by Council Member Rafael Salamanca. The idea, he says, came about after a teacher in one of his South Bronx school districts suffered an opioid overdose and could not be revived. He says this bill is meant to save lives.
Now that it has passed, it will take effect after 60 days.
President Joe Biden has also advocated for the presence of Narcan in classrooms amid a nationwide rise in overdoes deaths among teens.
In October, the White House sent letters to educators speaking on the importance of training faculty and students on how to use it.