Opioid Medication in Minnesota Schools

Opioid Medication in Minnesota Schools

“Opioid Medication in Minnesota Schools” (Recorded April 20, 2023)

RECORDING: Visit https://youtu.be/HwhhUBLwjZk to access a recording of this webinar.

Review of New MSBA Model Policy 516.5: Overdose Medication

Jennifer Earley, Shareholder, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney

Minnesota school districts and their employees are legally permitted to purchase, store, and administer Naloxone (Narcan) in response to an opiate overdose in schools and those who do assist with such administration are immune from civil liability as well as exempt from criminal prosecution from possession, use, etc. of a prescription medication, particularly to an individual to whom it was not prescribed.

This presentation will review the model policy issued in 2023 and address the legal requirements with respect to the use of Naloxone (Narcan) in Minnesota schools.

MDH Naloxone Administration in School Settings: School Toolkit

Heather Hedin, MSN, School Health Consultant, Minnesota Department of Health
Cody Bassett, MPH, Overdose Prevention Naloxone Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health
Dana Farley, Alcohol & Drug Prevention Policy Director, Minnesota Department of Health

The School Toolkit was developed in 2023 to assist Minnesota schools with guidance and recommendations to put into place an emergency response to the public health crisis related to rising youth and adult opioid overdoses that are life threatening. The Toolkit includes information and recommendations for school policy and emergency procedure development, standing orders/protocols and prescription, resources for obtaining naloxone medication, and resources for education and training and recovery / referral resources to meet the needs of those at risk or who have experienced an overdose.

The presentation will include discussion of legal issues that school administrators, nurses, and others may encounter.

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