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All schools will have anti-overdose medicine available

In compliance with a new Illinois law, anti-overdose medication will be available at all five CCSD 89 schools when students return from winter break. Illinois House Bill 3428 requires all school districts to have opioid antagonists that can be used in the event of an overdose. The law goes into effect on January 1. 

CCSD 89 will have naloxone available at all five schools. It is liquid in a small bottle that can be sprayed in a person’s nostril if you believe they are having an overdose. Naloxone can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose until medical help arrives. 

In CCSD 89 schools, the naloxone will be stored with the defibrillators (AED machines) that are available at every school. Instructions on how to use the spray will also be stored in the same location. CCSD 89 staff members have also received training in opioid overdose reversal. 

Administering naloxone to a person who has not taken an opioid medication will not injure or harm the person. The naloxone was made available to the district through a partnership with the DuPage County Health Department.

Posted: December 22, 2024