Trinity High School equipped with naloxone

Trinity High School equipped with naloxone

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An all boy's high school in Louisville is using naloxone to block or reverse the effects of opioid medication, especially in overdoses.
 
The decision to move forward with naloxone training at Trinity High School happened after administration recognized heroin use as an epidemic that touches every socio-economic level in the community, according to Trinity High School's President Dr. Rob Mullen.
 
The 15-minute training was completed by the school nurse and an administrator. In the event that naloxone needs to be used, Mullen said the school would attempt to contact the student's parent and then proceed as any reasonable person would in a life and death situation.

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Last year, the school joined a growing number of Catholic schools across the country in random mandatory drug and alcohol testing for all students. Since then, the school hasn't had any positive tests for illegal opioid use, according to Mullen.
 
A spokesperson who represents the Archdiocese of Louisville is not aware of any other schools within the Archdiocese receiving naloxone training.
 
"I hope every school takes advantage of this free training and drug," Mullen said. "I can't imagine living with myself if a student, parent, maybe a visitor died of an overdose simply because we didn't have this available."
 
Mullen said the decision for Trinity High School to receive naloxone training falls back on a variety of facts, including a deep concern for student's health and well-being, easy training, the drug is free and the chance to save a life is compelling.
 
"How can we not have this on hand given society today?" Mullen said. "We test our students for drugs and alcohol and have found no one using heroin. I hope this remains true and the medicine gathers dust on the shelf."
 
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