Sault Area Board of Education to Consider Whether to Keep Overdose Reversal Drug Narcan in Schools

The opioid epidemic is something that affects people of all ages and an Upper Peninsula school district is mulling whether or not to keep an opioid overdose reversal drug handy in their schools.

The Sault Area Public Schools Board of Education will make a decision on whether to carry naloxone in their schools at a meeting next month.

“We know this is a national emergency, this is a national situation certainly those of us in  Sault Ste. Marie who work with youth are concerned that some of these things could happen to our kids,” Sault Area Public Schools Superintendent Tim Hall, said.

Sault Area Public Schools Superintendent Tim Hall says while they have had no issues with students overdosing, in the current climate it is something they feel may be necessary.

“I think as the opioid emergency grows, more and more agencies are looking at having the ability of this remedy, if you will, on site, in case they come across a student or a visitor who’s suffering from some sort of opioid emergency,” Hall, explained.

“We just want to be in a position where if a student needs the help then we can offer the help,” Hall, added.

Its help that comes at a cost and a local organization is willing to foot the bill for the schools if they approve it.

“They’re kits we hope that no one ever has to use, but if they need them they are there,” Judge Eric Blubaugh, said.

Families Against Narcotics has promised to donate six Narcan kits so the district can have it available in each building.

“Narcan kits are expensive and the community has been very good to FAN in terms of supporting us and if we can afford those Narcan kits we want to get them in as many hands as possible,” Blubaugh, explained.

Blubaugh is the Vice President of the Chippewa County chapter of FAN, as a district court judge he sees those affected by the crisis first hand.

“It’s tragic at any age, it’s really tragic at a younger age, but we see it affect everybody,” Blubaugh, added.