LEWISTON — The Lewiston School Committee set plans Tuesday on how to move forward with changes that would make Naloxone available in public schools, grades 7 through 12.

Naloxone is an opioid antidote administered to revive people who overdose. It is also known by its brand name, Narcan.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Jake Langlais pointed out that the plans come following changes in the state law since last year.

“The reality is we are losing kids,” Lisa Escobar, a substance use prevention coordinator and clinician for the Lewiston Public Schools, said. “We are losing kids to drug use and violence. Substance use does not discriminate (against) anyone.”

Once the changes are implemented, Naloxone will be available to students by request. Monthly reports will be sent to MaineGeneral to keep track of its movement. Each school is set to have a designated staff member in charge of Naloxone’s distribution and training.

Since participation in training is not mandated for students, it is possible that the training will be offered as a part of after-school programs.

A further state order is needed to make Naloxone available at the elementary level.

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