Michael Feldbauer, the president of the Flagler County Drug Court Foundation, spoke during public comments of the April 18 Flagler County School Board meeting after speakers who had shown their displeasure to board members.
“I feel I’m a little different,” Feldbauer said. “I’m here to celebrate what you’ve done tonight.”
The board approved an addition to the district’s medical policy allowing Narcan to be stored and administered in the schools during emergency situations.
Narcan is a medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last year allowing public schools to store Narcan in secure locations.
Flagler County became the first school district in the state to approve a policy that directs the superintendent to administer guidelines on where the medication can be stored in each school building, who can administer it and what training must be completed among other specifications.
Board Attorney Kristy Gavin wrote the policy.
The drug court foundation’s Renee´ DeAngelis followed Feldbauer to the podium. DeAngelis and her husband, Chip, became activists after their daughter, Savannah, died of an overdose in 2017.
“We did not want to see other families go through the devastation we went through, and now we've gotten to this point," she said. "You don’t know what this means to me. I hope this serves as a catalyst for the rest of the state and our country to do the same thing. I believe it will and maybe it will start to make a change with this epidemic that we have. And the silver lining is you voted for it unanimously. So, thanks.”