The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare took up a bill Wednesday to require schools to stock the anti-overdose drug naloxone.
Commonly referred to as Narcan, naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The drug been hailed as a crucial tool in the fight against what health officials have termed an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.
A survey of school nurses released last year found that a handful have called 9-1-1 because of a suspected student overdose. Some nurses also reported responding to a family member's suspected overdose at a school event.
The bill, from Representative David Bennett (D-Warwick,Cranston), would require all public elementary and secondary schools to be equipped with Narcan kits. Bennett estimates the kits would cost roughly $7,000.