Lynchburg City School Board to consider bringing Naloxone into every school

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)-- The school board discussed the possibility of bringing Naloxone into schools during Tuesday night’s meeting. The drug, commonly known as Narcan, is used to treat opioid overdose.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, in 2016 133 people between the ages of 15 and 24 visited the emergency room in Lynchburg because of an overdose. School leaders say students are not immune to the opioid crisis and they want to be prepared.

“If we have it available we hope that it should need to be used that it's there to be used rapidly and not have to wait,” said Ben Copeland, Assistant Superintendent for the City of Lynchburg.

The board will decide whether or not to adopt the policy change at the next meeting. If it is passed, every city school would be stocked with Narcan.