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Columbia Public Schools amend medical emergency procedures to include adults and visitors

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Columbia's board of education Monday amended a procedure to allow the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan to be administered to students and now adults in medical emergencies.


Naloxone or Narcan was designed to quickly reverse the effects of an overdose and bring the persons breath back to normal.

Last month, the board approved a policy allowing trained staff to administer the drug to students believed to be overdosing.

The amended policy now allows them to use the potentially life saver on adults or any visitors having a medical emergency on district property.

In the past year both Columbia's police and fire departments started carrying Narcan.

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