Mar 28, 2016 12:00 AM
MANCHESTER - It got animated inside City Hall on Monday.
Almost every voting member of the school board spoke as they debated on the proposal to add Narcan kits in all Manchester public schools. Many worried about how it will be administered in a drug-free school zone and if its availability may attract drug users.
"We're not ready for this, and I think we need to wrap up discussion right now," said Ward 10 school board member John Avard. "Rushing this would not be in anyone's best interest."
"For me it comes down to I have a family member that was an addict, and if I thought she would've died from an overdose and wouldn't be able to raise her children... I would be remiss not to support this," said Leslie Want of Ward 4.
After an hour of discussion, the Manchester school board passed the item to add Narcan kits to public schools, but with modifications.
For now, Narcan will only be in middle schools and high schools and two adults must administer it. Also, the schools must have a lockdown order when it's used. Another revision is that there won't be student training for handling Narcan.
The school board agreed to table the section of Narcan in elementary schools. But the rest could be in place as early as this week.
Nashua public schools already have Narcan, passed by their school board earlier this year.
According to testimony from Monday's meeting, there have been no reported opioid overdoses at Manchester public schools.
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