Teen opioid crisis has high schools stocking up on Narcan to combat overdoses
President Donald Trump swore in Alex Azar, the newest Health and Human Services Secretary, on Monday, charging him with the task of combating the nation's opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, high schools aren't waiting.
Joseph Occhino, principal of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey, said he has seen lots of changes during his 34 years as an educator. But last year he witnessed something he never could have imagined. His school, which draws students from four affluent towns in northwest Bergen County, was approved to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan (the commercial name for naloxone hydrochloride) to any student who overdoses on an opioid on school grounds.