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The Nebraska bill would protect educators if they help a student who overdoses

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A new measure would help ensure school staff don’t hesitate to save your child’s life in the event of an overdose.

That’s one of the goals of Legislative Bill 521, which is under discussion on Capitol Hill Friday afternoon.

If it passes, teachers and staff would be protected from prosecution and administrative action.

School-age children accounted for nearly 15 percent of overdose deaths in 2020 alone, according to the most recent data shared by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Opioids were involved in over 50% of these cases.

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse or reduce the effects of opioids, including prescription drugs, heroin and even fentanyl.

The highest rate of deaths in 2020 involved fentanyl, which the Drug Enforcement Administration says can kill you with a dose small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil.

Its investigators seized more than 379 million life-threatening doses of fentanyl last year alone.

The DEA says it’s enough to kill every single American.

Officials also report that it is the number one drug threat here in Nebraska, as well as in our neighboring states Iowa and South Dakota.

Worse, the DEA says there has been a steep increase in the lethality of fake fentanyl prescription pills.

Six out of 10 pills tested in 2022 were potentially fatal, up from four out of 10 pills the previous year.

If you want to speak at Friday’s hearing on LB521, go to room 1113 of the Capitol.

The start is scheduled for 13:30

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