SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Oct. 4, a bill backed by San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephen to maintain licensed alcohol and drug residential treatment facilities on both premises, a drug, a compound, and Approved for the treatment of opioid overdose.
Assembly Bill 381, written by Assembly Women Laurie Davis (R-Laguna Niguel) and supported by Stephen’s office, also requires a staff member who has been trained to operate naloxone.
Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a nasal spray that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. According to Stephen, those who are addicted to opioids often enter drug treatment facilities but relapse at a high rate, which often occurs within treatment facilities.
Deputy District Attorney Shawn Tafreshi was instrumental in drafting the language for AB 381.
“It’s a common sense law that will help save the lives of people trying to overcome their addiction,” Stephen said. “We’re in the midst of the worst drug crisis in American history, and people, including residents with medical facilities across San Diego County, are dying often because of drug overdoses directly with the fentanyl crisis.”
The origins of this law and the draft language come from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, which recognizes the need for legislation to cause dozens of overdose deaths each year at the county’s rehabilitation center.
In 2019, 152 fentanyl-related overdoses died in the county. Last year, this number rose to 462. Based on data so far in 2021, experts predict that more than 760 overdose deaths will occur. According to the medical examiner, there have been at least 5 overdoses in a rehabilitation center since 2017, in quiet accommodation or homeless shelters.
“California needs to equip our drug treatment centers with every tool in the toolbox to help patients recover from substance abuse,” Davis said. “Naloxone has proven to be a safe and easily administered overdose reversal drug that should always be onsite at our centers.
“With AB381, the easy availability of naloxone or other FDA-approved drugs in the future means the difference between a patient’s resuscitation and a premature end for someone on the recovery journey,” he said. “I look forward to working with all law enforcement and drug abusers to strengthen our policies to ensure the end of California’s opioid epidemic.”
Particularly dangerous for people who come back after a long period of rest because physiological drug tolerance decreases. It requires a small amount of opioids to become intoxicated, and an overdose as well.
Treatment If naloxone is not present in the treatment facility, these excess doses can be fatal.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times