D.C. schools will now offer free menstrual products

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Public and private D.C. schools are installing free menstrual product dispensers in an effort to increase menstrual education in schools.

What’s happening: The initiative is part of the District’s Menstrual Health Education standards, which kicked off last week following provisions the D.C. Council passed last year.

Hardy Middle School principal out a month before summer break

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With just a little over a month before the last day of school, the principal of one of D.C.’s larger middle schools is out of the job.

Driving the news: Hardy Middle School principal Errol Johnson’s abrupt departure comes less than a year after his tenure started, the Washington Post first reported.

Schools in the D.C. area are adding Narcan to combat opioid overdoses

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Naloxone is becoming more prevalent in D.C.-area public school districts, as campuses look to counter a recent sharp rise in youth opioid overdoses.

The big picture: The medication, also known by the brand name Narcan, was used in only 30% of recorded adolescent overdose deaths nationwide between July 2019 and December 2021, according to the CDC.

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