Combating opioid problems, lawmakers OK school use of antagonists

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) - South Dakota school districts are one vote away from being able to have and use opioid antagonists such as Narcan, used to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.

The House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 84 to the full House for final debate. The bill previously passed the state Senate without opposition.

School districts will have to train staff before they would be allowed to administer the drug in the event of a suspected overdose.

The proposed bill would also protect school staff when using the opioid antagonist. However, that protection would not apply if there was negligence.