As of this writing, there is an active piece of legislation—Senate Bill 95—that if passed, will give schools the authority to administer opiate antagonists to individuals believed to have overdosed on opiates. The law currently in place—63O.S. 1-2506.1—part of the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Development Act, allows first responders, including “medical personnel” at secondary schools and institutions of higher education, to administer the drug without a prescription“ when encountering an individual exhibiting signs of an opiate overdose."
Proposed amendments to the statute include changing the language to “schools including any public or charter schools, technology center schools and institutions of higher education." The bill would also expand the definition of "medical personnel at schools" to mean "a certified school nurse or any other nurse employed by or under contract with a school, any licensed practitioner of the healing arts or any person designated by the school administration to administer an opiate antagonist in the event of a suspected overdose pursuant to Section 2 of this act."
We've got good and bad news in the continuing financial picture for Oklahoma. The overall consensus is that the legislative special session has not been as productive s everyone had hoped.
I hope everyone’s December is off to a great start! I’m ready for Christmas, and I’m sure many of you are too, but the good news is we already received a great gift from Google: new Google Sites!
Summer break! I hope all of you out there are enjoying some well-deserved time off/down time. Here at OPSRC, we know how hard you work for your students.
We all have those people who say, ‘Well, back in my day…’ and then begin to tell you how it was in the good old days or the bad old days. We are working in a unique time and place in Oklahoma history; I believe we have probably seen more changes to budget allocations in the past three years than probably in any three-year period of history. This has truly been a wild ride and not in a fun way.