To save students from opioid overdoses, WA schools will soon carry Narcan

Public high schools across Washington state soon will be required to stock medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Starting next fall, high schools in districts with more than 2,000 students will be required to obtain and store naloxone, known commercially as Narcan or Evzio.

The new requirement was approved this year as part of a larger opioid treatment bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Based on current enrollment figures, slightly more than one-third of the state’s 295 school districts will be subject to the new rule, which will take effect in the 2020-21 school year.