MORGANTOWN — As the opioid epidemic rages across America, with President Donald Trump declaring it a health emergency Oct. 26, the West Virginia Legislature and some counties are trying to get ahead of the problem.

SB 36 took effect June 30. The bill permits individual school districts to authorize nurses and other trained personnel to keep Naloxone, a life-saving opioid antagonist, on-hand to use in emergencies, said Kristin Anderson, executive director of communications for the state Board of Education.

Anderson said that there has never been a fatality in a West Virginia School as the result of an overdose, but the law give districts the opportunity to prepare for the worst.

Preston County’s Board of Education currently has a similar policy up for public notice and comment on its website.

Monongalia County Schools is not pursuing a similar policy said Donna Talerico, deputy superintendent.