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Akron Board of Education votes to allow Narcan in school buildings

AKRON, Ohio -- With a vote of five to one, Monday night the Akron Public Schools Board of Education passed a motion to have officers who work in the district's high schools and middle schools to carry Narcan in district buildings.

"Next they will work on administrative deadlines which comes to the board.  That will spell out in a little more detail how we will acquire the Narcan and how it will be administered and kept," said Patrick Bravo, school board president.

Daniel Rambler, Director of School Climate and Student Support Services and Security, said there have been no incidents in Akron schools where students needed Narcan.

But given the current opioid epidemic in Ohio, the district wants to be prepared in the event the doses would be needed.

"You do these policies to plan and be proactive. We are thinking of the safety and security of our 21,000 students but also the 4,000 full time and part time staff, as well as parents and young children who come into our buildings on a daily basis," said Bravo.

The policy would go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.