Apr 16, 2016 11:13 AM

Hampton may buck the trend of stocking Narcan in schools


HAMPTON - School officials in Hampton may buck the trend toward stocking Narcan in the public schools.

The drug is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

According to seacoastonline.com, Hampton Fire-Rescue's Emergency Medical Services Officer Nate Denio is recommending against Narcan in schools, speaking with both school officials and the school board.

Denio said there have been no opioid-related overdoses on school grounds in the last five years. He said officials at Winnacunnet High School have also found students there generally do not experiment with heroin.

Furthermore, the town's fire station is close to the schools and firefighters can respond quickly if needed.

Denio said it would be better for the school to put more funding into education and prevention rather than buying Narcan that will likely “sit in a cabinet and expire over time.”

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