Narcan, Author Evilleavenger
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The Los Angeles school district will be distributing narcan (naloxone) at all levels, from kindergarten through high school . Staff training in the drug’s use is slated to start in October .
The rate of overdoses in Los Angeles county (believed related to fentanyl) has increased by 1700% since 2016 . At least seven teens overdosed this past month alone. Narcan temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose.
The administration of a narcotic antidote is yet another task unrelated to education we are assigning our teachers. However necessary such intervention may be, it does nothing to address the underlying problems.
Where is the parental supervision? How empty – or painful – are these children’s lives that they would seek escape in drugs? What values have adults imparted to them? What messages is society sending them?
For a great many of these children, regardless of their economic status, the practical reality is that parental supervision is absent. Families are fragmented . Parents may, themselves, use drugs or alcohol (or take a casual attitude toward such use) .
Having successfully eliminated God from the picture, our society places value on social standing, public acclaim, material gain, and little else.
Is it any wonder that our children are bereft of internal resources, hungry for connection, and vulnerable to peer pressure? No one has told them how precious they are in God’s sight.
No drug can substitute for that.
“Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you…” (Isa. 43: 4).
 NewsNation, “Los Angeles schools adding Narcan to stop fetanyl overdoses” by Joshua Eferighe and Nancy Loo, 9/23/22, https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/los-angeles-schools-adding-narcan-to-stop-fentanyl-overdoses/.
 NBC News 4, “Fentayl-Related Deaths Increase by More than 1700% Over 5 Years in LA County” by Lolita Lopez and Philp Drechsler, 9/22/22, https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/fentanyl-related-deaths-increase-by-more-than-1700-over-5-years-in-la-county/2989831/.
 Marripedia, “State of the Family in America”, https://marripedia.org/state_of_the_family_in_america.
 National Library of Medicine, “Understanding the Diverse Needs of Children whose Parents Abuse Substances” by Jessica Solis et al, June 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3676900/.
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