Bills let Michigan schools use overdose reversal drug

Posted at 7:48 PM, Oct 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 19:48:19-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bills advancing in the Michigan Legislature would let school districts stock a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

The legislation won unanimous approval in the Senate last week. The House could consider the measures after the November election.

Naloxone is used to save people from drug overdoses.

If a district decided to obtain naloxone, it would have to train at least two employees to administer the drug.

The sponsors, Republican Sen. Dale Zorn of Ida and Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich of Flint, say Michigan would become the eighth state to allow school personnel access to the lifesaving drug.