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Administration of Narcan (naloxone) (Act 139 of 2014) - The Departments of Health, Education and Drug and Alcohol Programs sent a PENN*LINK to school administrators in September encouraging schools to consider establishing a naloxone program. It is recommended that schools make this determination using a team approach, consisting of the administration, solicitor, doctor and nurse(s).
 
 
 
Naloxone Use in the School Setting: The Role of the School Nurse Position statement from the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) supporting the incorporation of naloxone into the school's emergency preparedness and response plan.
 
As of November 19, 2015, the FDA has approved the Adapt Pharma intranasal formulation of naloxone. Access the press release here.
 
Resources
 
Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit  This toolbox provided by SAMHSA equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. It also addresses issues for first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.
 
Narcotics Overdose & Prevention Education Program (NOPE)  Provide presentations to middle and high school students.
 
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives
 
Tobacco Resources
 
Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control​  This division is resopnsible for leading and coordinating strategic efforts aimed at preventing tobacco use among youth, promoting smoking cessation among youth and adults, protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure and eliminating tobacco-related health disparities.
 
Young Lungs at Play​  Program to assist communities create tobacco free parks, playgrounds and recreational areas for children.
 
CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign  The goals of this campaign are to engage audiences, motivate them to become ambassadors for key campaign messages, help people quit and prevent uptake in young people by highlighting the health consequences of smoking. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be supported by a campaign website to ensure a complete user experience.
 
Smart Moves, Smart Choices Campaign  This initiative educates and empowers parents, teens and educators to get smart about prescription drug abuse among our nation's youth.
 
Tobacco Free Allegheny (TFA)​ Supports the development of training programs to educate school personnel in understanding the developing brain and how to strengthen their tobacco policies, including "Reducing Risk: Understanding the Adolescent Brain".
 

 
Updated: June 17, 2016