Opioid Related Overdose Reversal (Policy)

Policy Approve By
Scott McCallum, Superintendent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Policy Prepared By
Justine Mings, RN
Policy Category


WSSB recognizes that the opioid epidemic is a public health crisis and access to opioid-related overdose reversal medication can be lifesaving.  To assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose, WSSB will seek to obtain and maintain at least one set of opioid overdose reversal medication doses.

WSSB has the authority to obtain and maintain opioid overdose reversal medication either through a standing order, prescribed and dispensed according to RCW 69.41.095(5), or through donation sources.  

A school nurse or designated trained responder may distribute or administer the school-owned opioid overdose reversal medication to respond to symptoms of an opioid-related overdose. If school staff are designated as trained responders, their training to become responders and distribute or administer opioid overdose reversal medication will meet the requirements for training described in Washington law and any rules or guidelines for such training adapted by the Officer of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Opioid overdose reversal medication may be used anywhere on school property.

Individuals who have been directly prescribed opioid overdose reversal medication according to RCW 69.41.095 may lawfully possess and administer opioid overdose reversal medication, based on their personal prescription. However, such “self-carrying” individuals must show proof of training as verified by a licensed Registered Nurse employed by WSSB.

If any type of overdose is suspected, including an opioid related overdose, WSSB staff will call 911 and alert a first responder.  The school nurse(s), or designated trained responder, will follow the Washington State Department of Health steps for administering naloxone for a suspected opioid related overdose.

Legal References: RCW 28A.210, RCW 69.50.315, RCW 69.41.095