Act 139 of 2014 permits a selected, trained individual in a position to assist a person at risk of opioid overdose to obtain and administer Naloxone. Naloxone (commonly known as NARCAN) is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse and is a non-narcotic and non-addicting prescription drug.
According to JOC Policy 823, pursuant to ACT 139 of 2014, directive from the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, and the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center will store Naloxone. Trained personnel who possess the education and knowledge will administer Naloxone as needed.
Nasal Naloxone administration has been added to the Career and Technology Center’s standing orders. It will be administered in an emergency situation as described above to persons in the building.