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L.A. schools to carry opioid overdose antidote

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT ABC7 LOS ANGELES; NO ACCESS LOS ANGELES MARKET; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSKABC - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT ABC7 LOS ANGELES; NO ACCESS LOS ANGELES MARKET; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSLos Angeles - 22 September 20221. SOUNDBITE (English) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Los Angeles Unified School District:"Over the past few weeks, our system has been deeply impacted by the injury to some students and the death of at least one student as a result of an unacceptable level of availability of narcotics and opioids in our community."HEADLINE: L.A. schools to carry opioid overdose antidote2. Narcan sign unveiled ++OVERLAID ON SHOT FOUR++3. Sign for “peer-to-peer” opioid education campaign unveiled ++OVERLAID ON SHOT FOUR++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Los Angeles Unified School District:"Effective the second week of October, every one of our schools at L.A. Unified will be outfitted with the appropriate tools, including, including Narcan, available for students who may experience a condition of overdose through the consumption, the ingestion of fentanyl in any type of format."5. SOUNDBITE (English) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Los Angeles Unified School District:"Narcan is a safe, is a safe temporary drug that counteracts the effect of fentanyl. Individuals die through the consumption of fentanyl because they stop breathing. Narcan has a limited but highly effective way of reversing that condition, allowing individuals to restore breathing."++ENDS++STORYLINE:The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide all its schools with a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, after at least seven teenagers overdosed on pills likely laced with fentanyl in recent weeks, including a 15-year-old girl who died on a high school campus.District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a news conference Thursday that doses of naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, will be supplied to all schools from kindergarten through 12th grade in the next few weeks - about 1,400 schools in total. The county public health department will provide the medication for free.The nation’s second-largest school district will also begin an educational campaign that includes parent outreach and “peer-to-peer” counseling to warn students about the dangers of fentanyl.Carvalho said Narcan is safe, easy to use, and available as an injectible or a nasal spray. He also said police officers will be carrying it and training protocols for administering the medication are being rolled out.Police said at least seven teenagers have overdosed in the past month after taking pills that probably contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. The drug is frequently mixed into illicit pills made to look like prescription painkillers or other medicines.The most recent overdose occurred Saturday, and police are investigating whether those pills were related to the September 13 fatal overdose of Melanie Ramos in a restroom at Bernstein High School in Hollywood. The school was open that night for soccer and volleyball games, authorities said.She and a classmate bought a pill containing fentanyl from another youth, believing it was the prescription painkiller Percocet, then took the drug on campus and lost consciousness, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told the city Police Commission on Tuesday.Earlier that day, paramedics responded to separate calls reporting possible overdoses of two teens in the area of Lexington Park, less than a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) from Bernstein High and a cluster of other schools. The teens are believed to have been students at the schools.Police last week arrested two boys, ages 15 and 16, in connection with Ramos’ death and other drug sales in the area. The younger boy was held on suspicion of manslaughter, police said.However, Moore said the teens were “simply pawns that are being used by adults and by drug trade organizations,” and authorities were trying to find the supplier.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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