Biden Warns About Kids Overdosing In Schools

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Monday, the Biden administration pushed that all schools across the U.S. needed to have naloxone in stock in order to be able to deal with a possible opioid overdose on their grounds. He also stated that the faculty and students needed to be trained on the proper way to administer the medication in an emergency.

The letter, titled “Dear Colleague,” was signed by Rahul Gupta, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Miguel Cardona, the Education Secretary. In it, they state that there is a fentanyl overdose epidemic and that they need to focus on measures that would help prevent drug usage among youth.

Gupta and Cardona stated that 107,000 people had passed away from a drug overdose last year. They added that this was unacceptable as the number was very high. However, in 2022, it was noted that, for the first time, there was a reduction in the number of people who died for the first time in years.

They further pointed out that naloxone could help save lives in the case of an overdose, and they stated that schools should use online portals and webinars to help educate students, parents, and staff members on the benefits of naloxone. They added that this was going to help in the creation of a safe and drug-free learning environment.

As they pointed out, there were many states where Good Samaritan laws were in place in order to help protect the bystanders who were present and attempting to help in the cases of overdoses. Access to naloxone could also help drop the overdose death rates.

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