Naloxone in schools, a good idea?

Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new initiative announced Monday by the Clinton Foundation and the drug’s manufacturer.

Adapt Pharma, manufacturers of a nasal-spray form of naloxone, also known as Narcan, has partnered with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to further expand access to the life-saving drug…  Naloxone is nonaddictive, nontoxic and easy to administer, especially through nasal application. It reverses the effects of an opioid overdose by essentially blocking the opioid receptors that heroin and many prescription painkillers target…

Meaning that if I punch you in the arm after I give you nalaxone it will hurt hurt more than it normally would. However, the main effect would be that it would hurt longer than it normally would…

I understand that Naloxone/Narcan saves lives, which can only be a good thing, right? I just wish someone would tell me what the long-term effects of this drug are, especially if it’s going to be around high school students. Is this drug really nontoxic? (Is any drug nontoxic?) Can Narcan cause chronic pain? Well, I guess we’re gonna find out…

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