Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined her colleagues in introducing H.R. 7189, the School Resource Officers Save Lives Act to allow grants to school districts to train and equip School Resource Officers, security personnel, and school nurses to combat the fentanyl crisis’ impact in schools.
 
According to the CDC, the largest percentage increase in drug overdose death rates from 2019 to 2020 occurred in the 15-24 age group.
 
“As the fentanyl crisis has increased drug overdoses even in children, our School Resource Officers should have every tool available to them to protect our students from these tragic consequences,” Stefanik said. “I’m proud to work to make equipment and training available for our law enforcement officers who protect our students to create a safer environment for schools.”
 
Specifically, this legislation:
  • Reauthorizes the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants Program at $5,000,000 for fiscal years 2022 and 2023,
  • Creates a pilot program for Narcan administration within the SOR program to allow grants to school districts to train School Resource Officers, security personnel, and school nurses to administer Narcan and to purchase individual Narcan kits,
  • Requires at least 50% of grants to be awarded to school districts located in rural areas, and
  • As a condition of the grant, recipients who have school resource officers or security personnel must receive training in Narcan administration and awarded funds may be used to cover the costs of the training.
Read full text of the legislation, led by Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA), here.