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New training program announced for Arkansas school nurses to fight opioid epidemic

School nurses across the state will now be trained and armed to fight the opioid crisis.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – School nurses across the statewill now be trained and armed to fight the opioid crisis. 

The announcement was made today at the State Capitol. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson says more than 1,100 school nurseswill be trained on how to administer the life-saving medication Naloxone whichblocks the effects of opioid when and if someone overdoses. 

School nurses will also be provided an opioid overdoseNaloxone kit. 

The governor explains why it’s necessary. 

“According to a federal government survey, Arkansasranked the highest in the nation for the percentage of students in grades 9thru 12 who took pain medication without a prescription.”

The governor emphasized saving lives and then getting helpfor those who need it is a top priority. 

The 1,100 kits cost roughly $100,000 and was paid for thanksto a federal grant.