On Thursday the New Hampshire Senate votes on a group of fast-track bills aimed at fighting the state’s heroin epidemic.
The bills look at the use of Narcan and expanding drug education in schools.
Hanover High School acquired Narcan last year.
“From what I understand, Narcan is a life saving device that allows you to treat an overdose and to prevent the patient from stopping breathing,” says Justin Campbell, Principal of Hanover High School.
Public schools are not required to have the heroin antidote on the shelf, but New Hampshire lawmakers want to learn more about the prescription drug that helps prevent drug overdoses.
Senate Bill 447 would establish a commission to study expanded distribution of Narcan.
Dartmouth Hitchcock physicians and the school’s nursing staff encouraged Hanover High’s principal to acquire the prescription drug.
“They approached me and said this is recommended by the National Nurses Association and it’s something we should have in our school,” says Campbell.
All sophomores at Hanover High must take a health class. Those classes will likely expand if Senate Bill 369 is passed this year. It’s another expedited bill requiring public schools to expand drug and alcohol education.
“We’ll do all we can to educate our students on opiates and other drugs but I think it’s always incumbent upon us to be prepared,” says Campbell.
If passed, the bills could reach the Governor’s office to sign into law by the end of January.