NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - America's opioid epidemic has infiltrated all segments of the population, regardless of age, race or class. This is why New York City Councilman Rafael Salamanca introduced a bill Thursday that would force New York's public schools to stock anti-overdose kits.
The measures aren't necessarily unique. New Rochelle schools have mandated something similar, Salamanca, who represents the South Bronx, said. And the Clinton Foundation is offering two free kits to schools nationwide who want them.
The drug naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses and may be delivered with a cheap easily used a nasal spray.
The Department of Education released a statement: "We are making naloxone more available than ever by distributing 100,000 kits across the City, and equipping all first responders with this medication," the DOE said. "We monitor substance use in our schools closely, and see no need to stock kits on site. The safety and well-being of our students always come first, and we look forward to reviewing this bill.
From 2000 to 2016, 69 people ages 15 to 18 died from opioid-related overdoses, representing less than 1 percent of deaths, according to data from the Department of Health.