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Deaths From Drug Overdoses What School Nurses Need to Know.

Authors
  • Oerther, Sarah1
  • Bultas, Margaret W1
  • 1 Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO.
Type
Published Article
Journal
NASN school nurse (Print)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2024
Volume
39
Issue
1
Pages
9–11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1942602X231172428
PMID: 37184261
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Drug overdose deaths in pre-teen and adolescent students have risen over the past several years, causing increasing concerns in our society, along with concerns over the rise in availability of more counterfeit pills and illegally manufactured fentanyl. School nurses interface regularly with pre-teen and adolescent students and therefore are in a position to recognize students at risk for illicit drug use and provide important education to students, staff, parents, and the community. The purpose of this article is to briefly discuss risk factors for opioid misuse and to provide recommendations for interventions school nurses can use, including collaboration with other school and community leaders, to help prevent opioid overdose and death in pre-teen and adolescence.

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