L.A. school district will provide overdose reversal drug naloxone to all campuses

Los Angeles public schools will stock campuses with the overdose reversal drug naloxone in the aftermath of a student’s death at Bernstein High School, putting the nation’s second-largest school system on the leading edge of a strategy increasingly favored by public health experts.

The move, which will affect some 1,400 elementary, middle and high schools, is part of the district’s newly expanded anti-drug strategy, quickly assembled in response to seven student overdoses over a three-week period involving students at the Bernstein campus and Hollywood High School. The plans announced Thursday will also include expanded parent outreach and peer counseling.

The death of 15-year-old Melanie Ramos, who died in a school bathroom last week after ingesting a pill that she bought from another student, has left the campus community reeling and touched off concern among parents throughout the 430,000-student district. The pill contained fentanyl, an opioid that is deadly in small doses. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-22/l-a-school-district-will-provide-overdose-drug-naloxone-to-campuses?utm_id=68646&sfmc_id=2420175