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Sharon schools approved to use overdose antidote

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SHARON, Pa. -

Three schools in Mercer and Lawrence counties are among 128 Pennsylvania public high schools, charter schools, intermediate units, and career and technical centers that have received two free doses of Naloxone for use in the event of an opiate overdose.

Sharon High School and middle school in Mercer County, and Ellwood City Area School District, as well as the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center in Lawrence County have been approved to use Nalaxone.

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose from prescription pain medication or heroin.

The initiative is an effort by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s to provide schools with the overdose reversal medication to help battle the opioid epidemic.

“Having Naloxone readily available in schools could help save lives,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy, who notes that doses are still available for other interested school districts.

In February, the Wolf administration partnered with Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma to increase statewide access to Narcan, a brand of Naloxone, including distribution to schools.

Pennsylvania is the first state to implement what could serve as a model partnership program for other states.

When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes.

Naloxone has been used by medical professionals for more than 40 years and its only function is to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death, according to the manufacturer.

You may view the list of schools approved for Naloxone here.

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