252 Naloxone kits to be placed in Knox Co. schools

Sept. 14, 2017: As the overdose epidemc continues across Tennessee, Knox County Schools may be the first district in the state to arm its staff with Naloxone.

KNOX COUNTY, TENN. - The Knox County Board of Education approved placing Naloxone kits in the district's schools Wednesday night.

Naloxone is the drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The kits are provided through a grant from the Tennessee Health Foundation.

School nurses and security officers have been trained on how to administer Naloxone. The district said they have not had an incident where a student, parent or visitor has overdosed on campus, but said they want to be ready should that situation arise.

"We are in an area of East Tennessee where opiate addiction is a major concern," Executive Director of Student Support Services, Melissa Massie said.

The board said the grant provides 252 Naloxone kits, worth about $21,000.

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