Naloxone in Schools
1. I was listening to Fox News and there was a discussion on substance abuse with students in the Junior and Senior High Schools. Naloxone should be administered in those institutions when appropriate. The argument was based upon increasing rates of opioid overdoses and deaths. Despite the fact the FDA and government agencies are clamping down on prescription and illegal opioids. A major concern of the process was who was going to give the injection, what are the legal liabilities, and how do they implement them.
2. My opinion as parent, grandparent, and physician is that Naloxone should be available in all educational facilities without a question. The war on drugs has not made a dent in substance abuse and alcohol death rates as recorded and kept by the Health Department. Most individuals begin to be exposed to substance abuse of any type are between the ages of 12 and 14.
3. This age group is the most vulnerable because of the lack of development of the frontal cortex of the brain. They are not able to realize the consequences of their actions in the simplest of terms despite being educated. They feel they are invincible which is not the case. Lastly, the classroom teachers can be taught to give the naloxone injections by Registered Nurses who teach Basic Life Support. Whoever gives the injection could be protected by the Good Samaritan Act.
4. Therefore, I am saying the fight against substance abuse is a Gorilla War. It is fought at the community level and aggressively. It begins with parents, educators, and law enforcement. There are many different opinions on how to manage this problem, but nothing is really working. Parents need to take the forefront and set the goals on how they want this problem controlled and resolved in a manageable form. Local government is to serve its constituents and if they cannot, a clear message is you can be replaced by someone that can by-election. Politicians who Do Not represent the people who voted them into office.