State leaders urge schools to carry heroin antidote

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The state is urging schools to carry naloxone — the opioid antidote.

In a letter penned to school districts across the state on the opioid epidemic, it stresses the state’s effort to combat the opioid epidemic.

Officials write, “Naloxone can be an effective antidote to an opioid overdose even when fentanyl is involved. Timely administration of naloxone is critical if an overdose is suspected. We are encouraging school districts that have not already done so to consider having naloxone, the antidote to opioid overdoses, available on-site in their schools.”

The message is signed by multiple program leaders such as State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker and Arlene González-Sánchez, who leads the state’s substance abuse services program.

The letter warns of the dangers of powerful opioid fentanyl that is responsible for a great deal of overdoses.

Governor Cuomo’s office says the letter was sent out on Thursday. You can read it here or below:

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