Legislating Narcan In South Dakota Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers may take action to make it easier for schools to stock the overdose antidote Narcan.  The goal is to protect students from the deadly effects of taking opioids.  Current state law doesn’t make clear what is and what isn’t allowed when it comes to treating overdoses in school.

South Dakota law already allows first-responders like school resource officers to carry and administer Narcan to reverse the effects of patients experiencing an opioid overdose.  There is also a section of the law that allows a relative, friend or other close third-party to administer the antidote to someone overdosing.