Oct 19, 2015 3:11 PM

Controversy erupts after Nashua discusses incorporating Narcan into schools amid heroin epidemic


NASHUA – Nashua school officials say they are taking a proactive approach against the heroin epidemic by trying to incorporate Narcan kits at the high school and middle school levels.

But not all Nashua parents are on board.

Concerned parents say having Narcan in schools could allow kids to become more experimental, knowing the overdose-reversing drug is in the school.

Staff, however, believe having Narcan available could save a life in the case of a drug overdose on school property.

NH1 News asked Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad if there is a drug problem they should be concerned about in the middle and high school.

“I think we know we have concerns about substance abuse in our schools,” said Conrad.

Despite concerns, Conrad maintains there have not been any drug-related incidents yet, but he said you can never be too prepared.

“I want our children to be safe and if something happens, I want us to have everything we can have to deal with it,” said George Farrington, President Board of Education in Nashua.

Parents feel easy access to Narcan could cause more of a problem.

“Knowing that there is a way to get out of that situation, I guess it would act like a fail safe,” said Brett Rover, a concerned parent.

Nashua students, like Eric Freeman, think playing it safe is the smart choice.

“I wouldn’t say 'necessary,' but I guess good as a precaution,” Freeman said.

“I mean you don’t want to see anyone do it, especially kids," said Johnny Michelin, a student at Nashua South. "It’s devastating just to think about it.”

Another curveball in the Narcan discussion is that Nashua police are not trained to use Narcan.

In the case of an overdose – it would be up to the staff to administer Narcan.


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