Austin ISD to supply Narcan to schools as part of fentanyl response plan


By Paul Stinson

Austin ISD school nurses are getting opioid overdose treatment Narcan as part of a fentanyl prevention and emergency response plan that includes a partnership with local AISD police, emergency management and local health authorities.

Why it matters: These steps, part of “Fake & Fatal” awareness campaign, comes in response to fentanyl overdoses in neighboring school districts and rising national numbers of fentanyl-related fatalities.

By the numbers: Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl accounted for 67% of the 107,375 deaths attributed to drug overdoses and drug poisonings for the 12-month period ending Jan. 2022, according to the Centers for Disease and Control.

What they're saying: “Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Anne Milgram in a video statement posted to the agency’s website. "Tragically, many overdose victims have no idea they are ingesting deadly fentanyl until it's too late."

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