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In response to a deadly heroin problem that has intensified in area communities in recent years, several area school districts are taking steps to procure a drug that reverses the effects of heroin overdose.

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A higher than usual number of overdose cases were reported in Washington County Sunday, with 17 individual cases reported from Canonsburg to the Mon Valley.

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For victims of illicit opioid or prescription drug overdoses, it's an antidote for a second shot at life.

Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a potential life saving drug used in hospital emergency departments and in ambulances to reverse accidental or intentional opioid overdoses.