Ohio education board to stock naloxone at Akron public schools

As the rate of opioid overdose deaths surges in Ohio, the Akron Board of Education approved a policy Monday to stock its schools with the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, according to Cleveland.com.

While an Akron school system student has never overdosed on campus, the drug is viewed by some as an emergency resource comparable to on-site defibrillators.

"We've not used [defibrillators] either but it's a good precaution to have just in case," Dan Rambler, student resources director for the school system, told Cleveland.com.

Every middle and high school in the system will be stocked with two doses at $100 per dose. The total cost to the system will be $3,600. The school system's 18 police officers, who are trained to administer naloxone, will carry the drug.

To read the full report on Cleveland.com, click here.

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