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​Naloxone in Schools

House Bill 3428​ requires all school districts to maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist, a medication that can be used to reverse an opioid overdose, in a secure location. Naloxone should be given to any person who shows signs of an opioid overdose or when an overdose is suspected. For the 2024-25 school year, schools are mandated to provide instructions on the dangers of fentanyl to students in grades 9-11 per House Bill 3924​.

To obtain a supply of naloxone for your school and schedule a training for staff on when and how to administer it, email: phdopioidinfo@kanecountyil.gov

Creating a Naloxone Program in Your School

​The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) toolkit, Creating a Naloxone Program in Your School​, details: 

  • ​Questions to Consider in Development of a Naloxone in School Program 
  • Creating a Naloxone Policy Sample 
  • Report of Naloxone Administration Naloxone in School 
  • Policy and Procedure Resources 
  • Campus Protocols for Emergency Naloxone Administration 
  • Nasal Naloxone (Narcan) Administration Protocol 
  • Nasal Naloxone (Narcan) Administration Training Handout ​​

​​Communications Resources​


An Overdose Reversal Form should be submitted within 48 hours of naloxone administration.

Staff, Student & Parent Prevention and Fentanyl Instruction Resources​​

Having naloxone available in schools is one important piece to manage the opioid epidemic; however, it is reactive. Another key strategy for managing this opioid epidemic is to focus on prevention. Students spend most of their waking hours in school. Schools also have a unique relationship and opportunity to partner with parents/guardians and the community. School districts are uniquely positioned to educate students and parents/guardians on the dangers of fentanyl, other synthetic drugs, and emerging drugs. School districts may consider launching a fentanyl awareness campaign and incorporating specific opioid and fentanyl prevention lessons into their comprehensive health education plan. Below are some free resources available to help your district in these prevention efforts.

Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

    Song for Charlie – Real Talk about Fentanyl
    Song for Charlie: Raises awareness about fake pills made of fentanyl, among youth and parents. Includes video resources such as MS/HS Toolkit, flyers, posters, stickers, and social media content.

    Fentanyl Classroom Instruction Resources
    Beaverton (OR) School District has made resources available free of charge with no restrictions. Schools can modify without credit to BSD.

    Fighting Fentanyl – Hays Consolidated Independent School District (TX)
    Fighting Fentanyl: Posters and student-created fentanyl awareness campaign
    Fighting Fentanyl Video Series (English and Spanish)​

    Los Angeles Unified School District 
    • Substance Use and Fentanyl Awareness (Sept 2022)
    • Substance Use and Parenting Tips to Lead Family Conversations (Oct 2022)
    • Public Health Ambassadors: Substance Use Awareness Session 1 (Feb 2023)

    Victims of Illicit Drugs (VOID)
    Dead On Arrival film with educator resources​

    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • Lesson plans and activities for the classroom
    • Mind Matters Series video and teacher guide
    • Parents: Conversation starters to use with children​​

    Ad Council
    The Real Deal on Fentanyl – Youth Campaign
    • ​Describes fentanyl and naloxone facts, how to reduce the risk and social media graphics
    • Classroom lessons (taught by ex-drug dealers) –chemistry, economics, health

    Drop the F Bomb ​– Parent campaign addresses ow to talk to your kids about fentanyl.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Stop OverdoseFacts on fentanyl, polysubstance use, naloxone, stigma reduction and implementation toolkits.