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Naloxone Administration in School Settings Toolkit
Developing a School Naloxone Policy
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A school may find it very helpful to identify a person who can coordinate the overall development of the school’s policy and emergency response procedures. Most schools will find it helpful to identify key roles and staff to be a part of a team including school administrators, building principals, school nurse, student support staff, teachers, and partner with community agencies, families, and students as appropriate.
A policy is a guide for decision making within an organization that is a rule for action. Policies are typically developed and adopted by the local school board after being systematically reviewed by a team.
It is recommended that a school or district create a policy around the use of naloxone as part of the emergency response to a possible overdose. A School policy could consider having a purpose statement, the general statement of the policy, definitions to support or clarify the policy, a general overview of policy and responsibilities of school staff as others as needed to respond and provide naloxone as emergency response and legal references as needed.
Since naloxone can be readily obtained by individuals for use in their homes or social situations, school may want to consider if or how they might address students or staff who want to self-carry naloxone and the ability to use their personal medication in an emergency at school.
The Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) offers sample policy language for the administration of naloxone in schools (MSBA Model Policy 516.5). It is available to all Minnesota schools for free.
Instructions to access Model Policy 516.5
- Please visit Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA)
- Access Policies under the Resource Library tab
- Choose either District Policies or Charter Policies
- Choose 500 Series – Students
- Choose 516.5 – Overdose Medication
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to click on the 516.5 download link
For further questions on MSBA/MASA Policy services contact MNMSBA directly at 507-934-8126 or 800-324-4459