WESTFIELD TWP— Board members discussed Monday the possibility of Cloverleaf Schools joining the list of public schools in Medina County to stock the anti-overdose drug naloxone.
District nurse Dawn Delmoro and the school resource officer, Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Brooks, presented board members about the lifesaving benefits of stocking each of the district’s three schools with the drug.
“In Cloverleaf, average EMS response time is about 11 minutes,” Delmoro said.
Delmoro said it only takes 3-5 minutes for oxygen deprivation to occur after an opioid drug begins to attach to the brain and to affect breathing.
“Usually less than 12 breaths per minute, which is really a slow breath, so eventually they are going to stop breathing,” she said.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, “service entities” can receive a permit to administer naloxone at their locations. These include public schools, colleges, health departments and homeless shelters.
“We would be the third school district in Medina County behind Medina City Schools and Wadsworth City Schools to do this,” she said.
Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said if approved, the drug could be used to assist a student experiencing an opioid overdose. But he said that is not the area he believes it would likely be used.
The Cloverleaf district is located in a part of the county where heroin use is more prevalent than others, he said.
“The most likely person we would administer this to would be an adult who came to an evening program, a concert, a basketball game, even if it is someone not from this school district, we feel that we would be a safer place as a result of this,” he said.
Board President Jeff Schreiber said he had concerns about the potential negative consequences that can occur from administering the drug, such as the possibility of an allergic reaction.
Brooks said he has seen individuals become angry after being administered the drug by first responders.
“One reason people take heroin, they take opioids, is they are in a great deal of pain and then when we administer (naloxone), they are back to their original problem and they are not happy,” he said.
“So we have had officers who have had to fight with people,” he added. “Mind you we are dealing with people who really aren’t breathing, they really don’t have a distinguished pulse.”
District Treasurer James Hudson said despite the fact that the district is protected under the Ohio Revised Code, he would still like to speak with the district’s insurance company about the matter.
Kubilus said he was not seeking any action on the matter Monday evening, and the next step would be to forward the information to the district’s policy committee.
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