Central High student provides Narcan to help student who reportedly overdosed in bathroom

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)  - A 16-year-old Central High student is recovering after reportedly overdosing in one of the women's restrooms.

According to a Little Rock police report, the female student was found unconscious Monday in the first-floor women's restroom on the floor by another student.

The school nurse and security were immediately contacted. The nurse advised that MEMS and first responders needed to respond to the scene.

Assistant Principal Beth Davis told police that the unnamed student is a heroin user and may have overdosed.

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One of the students then provided a dose of Narcan to firefighters with the Little Rock Fire Department. That dose was then administered to the unconscious student.

By the time the student's father arrived, she was conscious and alert. She was transported to the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Adam Reynolds, recovery resident coordinator for Recovery Centers of Arkansas said drug counselors there have seen an uptick in the number of young people seeking treatment for opioid addiction. This latest overdose at Central High School is evidence of a dire need for community action in the war on drugs, he said.

“We need to talk about it at the dinner tables,” he said. “We need to talk about it more in the schools. We need to have more awareness programs. It's about prevention, and it's about having those things in play.”

School resource officers within LRSD are not issued Narcan currently due to Little Rock Police Department’s limited budget for the drug. The department is in the process to buy Narcan for school resource officers, LRPD Public Information Officer Steve Moore said.

A spokesperson for Little Rock School District declined to comment on this incident, citing privacy laws. However, she said the district is researching the possibility of supplying Narcan on its campuses and is awaiting information from the state concerning guidelines and procedures.

“The public needs to be made aware this is a lifesaving measure,” Reynolds said of Narcan. “There needs to access. No, it does not need to be the permission statement to go out and use. That’s where we need to bridge that gap and the communication needs to be there, the awareness needs to be brought about, the prevention needs to be put into play to help counteract these things.”

Adam Reynolds, recovery resident coordinator for Recovery Centers of Arkansas said drug counselors there have seen an uptick in the number of young people seeking treatment for opioid addiction.

This latest overdose at Central High School is evidence of a dire need for community action in the war on drugs, he said.

“We need to talk about it at the dinner tables,” he said. “We need to talk about it more in the schools. We need to have more awareness programs. It's about prevention, and it's about having those things in play.”

School resource officers within LRSD are not issued Narcan currently due to Little Rock Police Department’s limited budget for the drug. The department is in the process to buy Narcan for school resource officers, LRPD public information officer Steve Moore said.