BISMARCK, N.D. - Schools are joining the fight against the opioid crisis in North Dakota by learning how to use Narcan. Staff from Mandan public schools and Bismarck State College trained Wednesday on how to administer the life-saving drug.
The training serves two purposes according to Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Director Renae Moch.
"Appropriately respond to these types of situations and save a life in the long run is the ultimate goal,” said Moch.
Administrators and staff with the schools say they want to be prepared for anything.
"It fits into our emergency response like an AED is there in our schools for responding to a cardiac arrest situation. This is another tool in our toolbox we can use to respond,” said Mandan School Assistant Superintendent Jeff Lind.
"In the event they make a choice or are inadvertently exposed to a chemical substance that they overdose, then we have this Narcan that we can administer to probably save their life,” said BSC Security Officer Paul Belisle.
Giving the drug is simple: take it out of the packaging and spray it up a person's nose.
"Parents should be proud and feel secure and have faith the school is doing the right thing in this type of situation because they are being proactive and appropriately responding," said Andrew Horn.
Mandan and BSC were provided with doses of Narcan. It has a one-year shelf life. Moch said the state department of health is looking at a trade-in program for expired doses.