EDMONDS, Wash. - School doesn’t start until September, but teachers in the Edmonds School District are getting new training that could help save a student’s life.
On Friday, more than 100 administrators with the Edmonds School District learned what to do after calling 911 and before first responders can get to them.
South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue says less than 3 percent of the population knows how to treat an opiate overdose, how to treat severe bleeding, or perform CPR. Their goal is to teach 6,000 people the life-saving skills by the end of 2018, and teaching school administrators could help in emergency situations.
“Knowing we have the ability to save a life if we need to and we have the tools to do it, that's the reality of our situation today. I don’t think we can ignore it,” said Greg Schwab, assistant superintendent of the Edmonds School District.
Schwab siad the opioid epidemic has impacted students and training on how to use Narcan - an antidote for overdose - is critical.
"We have to be more and more prepared. Hopefully we'll never need it, but I think just being out in the world it's nice knowing you are going to be able to help if an emergency does occur," Kim Mathey, District Manger, said.
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