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IPS Takes Steps to Combat Substance Abuse

 As a school community, protecting our children is our most important job. Currently, substance abuse is one of the greatest threats our students experience. Pediatric deaths from fentanyl from May 2021 to May 2023 were more than 30 times higher than they were in 2013, mirroring trends seen among adults. Since 1999, the vast majority of pediatric deaths from fentanyl have been among teens ages 15 to 19 (CNN Health). 

Our school community has taken the following actions to support our children:

  • All IPS nurses, Student Based Health Centers, and School Resource Officers were trained by Overdose Lifeline to carry and administer Naloxone (Narcan). 
  • IPS is a registered Narcan Entity with the Indiana Department of Health.
  • The Unified Student Supports team worked with a stakeholder group to establish a Naloxone Administration Policy.
  • All staff and students have access to Suite360 which houses lessons that are designed to start the conversation about substance misuse and abuse (Note: A crucial part of these important conversations is the connection that comes from discussing these difficult issues in an open and respectful manner.).

We can always do more! The Unified Student Support Health Services team is led by Megan Carlson who is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and doctoral candidate in public health leadership. 

Should you have questions related to youth substance abuse or would like to request or recommend additional resources or services, please reach out to the team. By working together, we can protect our young people and help them thrive.

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