State House Passes Bill to Put Naloxone in Public Schools, College Dorms

By The Chronicle

On Monday, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill to ensure that opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone — also known by its brand name Narcan — is available at public high schools and college dorms in Washington.

The medication can be administered through a nasal spray and is effective in reversing the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Many police agencies are now carrying the drug to prevent overdose deaths.

The bill, House Bill 2390, which was introduced by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, would ensure that at least one staff member at schools will be trained to use the drugs. At dorms, staff such as residence hall aides will be trained. The bill is similar to legislation regarding training for epinephrine injection pens, according to a news release from the House Democrats.

The bill passed the House with a 79-19 vote and will go to the state Senate.

“We need to do everything possible to save the lives of young people during this opioid epidemic,” said Pollet, in a statement. “It reaches everywhere in our state and, sadly, every school and college. Naloxone is safe and easily administered. We need to educate people to recognize overdoses and enable school and college dorm staff to administer — especially since so few public schools have nurses on hand.”

Pollet thanked citizen advocate Corina Pfeil of Kenmore for her “heroic citizenship and advocacy” on behalf of the legislation, according to the news release.