PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A bill proposing the requirement of putting Narcan kits in public schools is set to go before the Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare Wednesday afternoon.
The bill was drafted by Rep. David A. Bennett (D-District 20, Warwick/Cranston).
Public schools that have pupils in grades 6 to 12 would have to maintain “opioid antagonists” — kits to administer the drug overdose antidote Narcan, or naloxone — on school premises, in order to be able to treat an opioid overdose. The medication reverses the effects of overdoses of opiates including heroin, and many commonly abused prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin.
Rhode Island health officials have credited Narcan with helping to curb deadly overdoses.
Other bills on the Health, Education and Welfare agenda Wednesday include a bill requiring mandatory training standards for police in dealing with persons with a developmental disability, as well as an act requiring public school committees to provide transportation for any student who lives two miles or more from school.