RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) - Schools around the commonwealth could soon see the lifesaving drug Narcan on hand to help fight the nation's growing opioid epidemic.

This week, Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill into law that would give nurses and other school health employees the ability to administer Narcan and other anti-overdose drugs.

The nasal spray can restore breathing and reduce the potential fatal effects of an overdose.

Those in charge of administering Narcan would be required to go through a training program.

That law goes into effect starting July 1.