Naloxone is only available as a prescription medication in California. In states like New York and Massachusetts the fire department and police carry Naloxone and it is also made available to public through a training program.
CPhA proposed a new bill in the California Senate which would authorize pharmacists to furnish naloxone in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols. It would require a pharmacist to complete a training program on the use of opioid antagonists. It is expected to save hundreds of Californians per year from opioid overdose. The data suggests that in New York and Massachusetts the drug has already been saving people's lives.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration reported that the use of heroin has increased 80% among teens between 12 to 17. According to the DEA officials the use of heroin and other narcotics has increased incredibly in Southern California. CDC have also reported that drug overdose deaths have increased since 1979, reaching 36,450 in 2008.
To combat California crisis of drug overdose AB 1535 would expand the access of this medication throughout the state. Naloxone works in minutes to reverse the opioid overdose effects and AB 1535 will allow the users and their family to find this life saving drug in pharmacies in California.
Posted by: Kamaldeep Kainth, PharmD 2015