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Surge In Youth Overdose Deaths Leads To Desparate Measures

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The Washington Department of Health (WDOH) announced the distribution of overdose kits to all public high schools in response to the surge in opioid-related youth overdose deaths, particularly from synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

The kits will contain naloxone nasal spray to combat opioid overdoses. WDOH’s latest data showed a significant increase in synthetic opioid overdose deaths, with fentanyl being the main contributor.

This initiative follows a request from the Department of Education (ED) for schools to stock up on overdose kits.

A letter from ED Secretary Miguel Cardona and Office of National Drug Control Policy Rahul Gupta told educators that “the overdose kits would only serve to reduce overdoses and not lead to an increase in youth drug use.”

“In the midst of this fentanyl overdose epidemic, it is important to focus on measures to prevent youth drug use and ensure that every school has naloxone and has prepared its students and faculty to use it,” stated the letter.

Other states, such as Oregon and Arkansas, have also implemented similar measures.

The move aims to address the fentanyl overdose epidemic and prevent youth drug use, with federal officials emphasizing the importance of naloxone access in schools.

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