Michigan works towards combating drug overdose deaths

DSC05701The bills would allow school districts to stock a drug called Naloxone. It would be used to reverse opioid drug overdoses that occur on school grounds.

State Senator Jim Ananich helped to introduce the bills. Tom Lenard is his spokesman.

“They would simply allow schools to decide whether or not it’s a good fit for them to have them to have the drug available. And then they can workout the training portion of it and whose trained and if they stock it and all the other issues. But we wanted to make that one less barrier in schools if they were encountering addictions in schools.”

Some of the highest reports of opioid addiction in the state are Kent and Grand Traverse counties.

Lenard said the main goal is to help save lives. He said each school stocking the drug would be required to train two employees to administer it .