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Lawmakers Advance Bill For School Overdose Meds

(AP) - School nurses could give antidotes to anyone who overdoses on opioids at a California school or affiliated event under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.

The Assembly approved AB1748 on a 68-2 vote Monday.

The bill by Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley would allow pharmacies to provide naloxone hydrochloride or other emergency opioid medications to school districts, offices of education and charter schools.

Mayes says schools cannot currently legally stock or administer opioid overdose antidotes.

School nurses and volunteers would need training before they could administer the drug to people they believe are suffering an overdose.

Schools would not be required to stock the drug. But if they choose to keep it on hand and use it, they would be required to restock doses within two weeks.