Bill designed to prevent opioid overdose through education

New bill would add opioid education to school curriculums

LANSING - State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, introduced Bill 237. The Bill would integrate prescription opioid drug abuse to health curriculum's for Michigan students.

The Bill says, "at least instruction on the prescription drug epidemic and the connection between prescription opioid drug abuse and addiction to other drugs."

If passed, the Michigan Department of Education would develop a model program by July 2018.

Bill 237 comes after Michigan passed laws last year allowing schools to have the overdose reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. The law also allows Michigan residents to obtain naloxone without a prescription.

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