• Fentanyl Awareness: Assembly Bill 889; Ed Code Section 48985.5


    Delano Joint Union High School District takes the safety and well-being of students very seriously and felt that we could not ignore the frightening epidemic of tragic overdoses in our nation. 

    During the 2020-2021 school year, our nurses and mental health professionals began sharing information about the dangers of fentanyl and other drugs via classroom presentations, school-based assemblies, and small group presentations.  Selected administrators and staff have also been trained to recognize an opioid overdose and respond using the emergency medication naloxone, sometimes referred to by the brand name NARCAN®.

    When given immediately, naloxone can stop opioids from acting on the brain and restore breathing. We have supplied each of our school sites with a naloxone rescue kit that can be used in the unlikely event of an opioid overdose on campus. These kits will be kept in the Nurse’s Office alongside the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and epinephrine auto-injectors, which serve similar purposes in treating rare medical emergencies.

    Assembly Bill 889 requires public schools to annually share information about this very subject.  Our goal in communicating with you on this topic is to create awareness and provide you with tools to discuss the dangers of fentanyl with your children, in a way that makes sense to you and your family.  We hope that by bringing awareness we can avoid future tragedies together. 

    The resources found below may be helpful for you and your family. If you have any questions or need assistance with how to discuss this information with your child, we are here to help.  Please contact Rene Ayon, Director of Student Services, at (661) 720-4127.


    Protect yourself from the dangers of fentanyl - CDC video - 1:01 minute

    CDPH Fentanyl Information Department of Education, California: Combatting Fentanyl - Actions and Resources

    CDPH Naloxone Information

    CDPH Substance Use Prevention Resources for Families and Schools National Health Institute (NIH) Drug Abuse Facts

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