Michigan Schools Could Soon Stock Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug [VIDEO]
All I can picture is the saddening "Comfortably Numb" scene from Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
According to WOOD TV 8, a legislation was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Health Policy Committee to allow Michigan schools to stock the drug naloxone, better known as Narcan, in case of a student overdose on an opioid. Senate leader Jim Ananich of Flint said, "We’re seeing the middle school kids is the age of the biggest increase of addiction and potentially overdose, so we have to do what we can to make sure families are protected and schools, it's a place where they spend a lot of their time.”.
There are some requirements that have to be met for schools that wish to carry the drug, including (but not limited to) having at least two employees of the school who have been trained by a licensed professional nurse on how to administer the drug and that school administration must notify the parent of any child who is given Narcan.
My first reaction was anger and sadness. I felt as though this was just another thing that enables people to not deal with the actual problems at hand, because there are ways out of them. Just another quick fix, like diet pills that require no exercise or change in lifestyle habits. I thought, "Who's going to bring these kids out of the darkness, when we're stocking things to make the darkness an acceptable place to stay?". After writing, and thinking, it's my new opinion that this is not a bad thing. I mean, there is a benefit for having this on hand in case of an emergency, to save the life of a young person. I guess I just hope that along with stocking this drug in case of emergency, better help for the underlying issues that lead to addiction becomes more easily accessible and less shameful to seek out.