Fargo Cass Public Health and Area Schools Work Together to Save Lives
Fargo Cass Public Health has joined forces with all Cass County high schools and middle schools to increase community-wide prevention efforts in response to an opioid overdose emergency. This effort is sponsored by a State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (STR) grant from the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Dr. John Baird, Public Health Officer and Cass County Corner, announced at a news conference on November 16 that all high schools and middle schools in Cass County will begin carrying Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdose and saves lives.
No reported opioid overdose deaths of students, faculty or community members have occurred at these schools; the placement of Narcan at the schools is part of a preventive community-wide response to the opioid crisis. Designated school faculty and staff members will receive training on how to administer Narcan and provide rescue breaths to potentially save someone’s life. Additional community-wide trainings will be offered in the coming months at Fargo Cass Public Health.
Fargo Cass Public Health and these area schools recognize the need for expanded awareness, education and access to naloxone (Narcan) due to the high number of opioid-related overdose deaths in the community.
- FM Ambulance administered naloxone 99 times in 2016
- Fargo Fire Department administered naloxone 16 times from July – December 2016
- In Cass County, there were 31 deaths related to opioid overdose in 2016 (Cass County Coroner)
- As of September 2017, Cass County has seen 12 deaths related to opioid overdose (Cass County Coroner)
As the first and only Federal Drug Administration-approved naloxone nasal spray, NARCAN® Nasal Spray provides a ready-to-use opioid overdose emergency treatment. NARCAN® Nasal Spray is not a substitute for emergency medical care, and repeat applications may be necessary. Seek emergency medical assistance immediately after initial use, while keeping the patient under continued surveillance.