News

Milford district to carry overdose antidote in elementary schools

Posted: Updated:
MILFORD -

The Milford school district says it will carry the overdose reversal drug naloxone in its elementary schools.

According to the New Haven Register, Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph and the schools' medical coordinator made the decision because they want to watch out for everyone's safety.

Joseph says the drug will be carried in all school nurses' offices and can be used for staff or visitors.

She confirms Milford is among the first in the state to make naloxone, also known by brand name Narcan, available in elementary schools.

The newspaper reports the National Association of School Nurses recommends schools incorporate the measure because nurses have the expertise to recognize emergencies.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows drug overdose deaths in Connecticut have significantly increased in recent years.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."