Center for Injury Research and Prevention

School Nurse Reported Supply and Administration of Naloxone in Schools

TitleSchool Nurse Reported Supply and Administration of Naloxone in Schools
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMcDonald CC, Pinto-Martin J, Compton P, Parikh M, Meisel ZF
JournalPublic Health Nurs
Date Published02/2020

OBJECTIVE: To describe school nurse reported naloxone supply and administration in Pennsylvania, as well as nurse and school-level characteristics associated with naloxone availability.

METHODS: Cross-sectional, online survey with school nurses in Pennsylvania. Data were collected (3/14/18-6/5/18) on school nurse demographic and professional characteristics, school characteristics, naloxone supply and administration, and when not available, reasons for not having a naloxone supply.

RESULTS: A total of 362 school nurses met inclusion criteria, representing schools in 56 of the 67 Pennsylvania counties. Over half of the school nurses reported a naloxone supply in their school building (53.6%, n = 194). Additionally, 5.2% of those who had a naloxone supply reported that it had been administered in their school or at a school sponsored activity. The most common reasons for not having naloxone available included lack of support and the belief that naloxone was not needed in their school.

CONCLUSION: Although many school nurses reported having a naloxone supply in their school, and a small percentage reported administration, particular barriers to access and use remain.

Alternate JournalPublic Health Nurs
PubMed ID32090378
Grant ListR49 CE002474 / CE / NCIPC CDC HHS / United States