Survey Reveals Barriers to Treating Opioid Overdoses in Schools

PISC Executive Committee Member Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN, authored a new post on the The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) blog. The crisis of opioid overdoses in the US has reached epidemic proportions.To prevent death by reversing these overdoses, naloxone is often administered in community settings.This opioid antagonist medication, also known as Narcan® and Evzio®, has been shown to be safe, easy to administer, and effective in reducing opioid overdoses; however, little is known about the role of schools and school nurses in using naloxone to prepare for treating overdoses.

To gain a better understanding of access to, administration of, and barriers to the use of naloxone in schools, McDonald recently conducted an online survey with my Penn Nursing colleagues of 62 school nurses from 56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties (both urban and rural) and from elementary, middle, and high school settings to complete the survey.

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