CITY OF NEWBURGH – Nurses for the Newburgh school district will be able to administer the overdose-reversal medication naloxone under a new policy that also allows school and library staff to train on administering the drug.
The policy, which was approved at Tuesday’s board meeting, will allow nurses to administer district-provided doses of the lifesaving medication to anyone overdosing at school or during school-sponsored events.
It also allows school and library staff to undergo training under a state Department of Health program created to expand the availability of naloxone in response to the opioid epidemic and record numbers of overdoses.
Newburgh staff will be able to store and use the naloxone kits the state provides to those who train under its program.
Just last month City of Newburgh police used naloxone to save the life of a man who overdosed at the Newburgh Free Library’s main branch on Grand Street.