The Mercury News: How to Stop the Fentanyl Crisis in California Schools

By Senator Dave Cortese

Earlier this year, The Mercury News made an alarming discovery after polling 33 Bay Area school districts: More than a third hadn’t trained teachers and staff to recognize the signs of students overdosing on fentanyl. Additionally, more than a quarter of the surveyed districts hadn’t made naloxone readily available in schools, despite the fact that the opioid antagonist can rapidly stop the types of fentanyl overdoses that are killing 18 Californians each day.

Why? Does another child need to die on campus before we change our policies?

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