Series: Series8000     Sub Series: 8100 HEALTH AND SAFETY     Policy Number: 8124
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In keeping with the District's objective of providing a safe and healthy educational and work environment, the purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and procedures governing the utilization of Naloxone to be administered by licensed nurses of the Rhinebeck Central School District. 

The District's schools shall provide and maintain on-site opioid antagonists, during normal school hours and as practicable.  Any trained nurse (RN or LPN under the direction of an RN), may administer an opioid antagonist during an emergency to any student, staff member, or visitor suspected of having an opioid-related drug overdose, whether or not there is a previous history of opiod abuse or obvious evidence of such.

Subject to the provisions of applicable law and regulations, no school nurse shall be liable for civil damages which may result from acts of omissions relating to the use of the opioid antagonist which may constitute ordinary negligence; nor shall the school personnel be subject to criminal prosecution which may result from acts or omissions in the good faith administration of an opioid antagonist.

School nurses shall be trained in the use of Naloxone by the school district or an appropriate training course that may be recommended.

The Superintendent of Schools, Building Principal, School Nurse, or designee will be responsible for the purchase or procurement of Naloxone.  The school physician shall prepare non-patient specific orders/protocols for the school nurse to follow.

The school nurse will utilize, as recommended, Intranasal Naloxone or Injectable Naloxone.  At a minimum, the school should have the following supplies:

Naloxone will be clearly marked and stored in an accessible place at the discretion of the school nurse.  The school nurse will ensure that all other covering nursing staff are aware of the naloxone storage location.  Only trained nurses will administer naloxone.

Naloxone will be stored in accordance with manufacturer's instructions to avoid extreme cold, heat, and direct sunlight.

Inspection of the Naloxone shall be conducted regularly, as follows:

In case of a suspected opioid overdose, the School Nurse shall follow the protocols outlined in the Naloxone training and the instructions in the naloxone kit, as follows:

       A.  After administration of Naloxone, the School Nurse, or other staff, will follow the reporting protocols.

       B.  The School Nurse or designated staff will:

All survivors, either student or adults, shall be encouraged to seek treatment.  If the victim is a student, the School Counselor and School Social Worker shall provide substance abuse prevention resources to the overdose victim and family, as appropriate, and will follow-up.    

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