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Mayes bill supporting opioid overdose antidote in schools wins bipartisan Assembly support
Legislation by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) was recently approved by the state Assembly thereby enabling California schools to stock and administer emergency medications to save the lives of individuals suffering from an opioid overdose.
AB 1748 authorizes school nurses and other trained personnel to administer an opioid antidote and other emergency medical aid to anyone suffering from an opioid overdose. Schools would be authorized to keep emergency naloxone – and opioid antidote – or similar medications on the school’s campus.
An easy-to-use form of the medication, Narcan Nasal Spray, was FDA approved last year. The antidote’s manufacturer, Adapt Pharma Limited, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. based in Radnor, Pennsylvania, recognizes the critical need for this type of medication to be available in schools. They have partnered with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to make two free doses available to every high school in the U.S.
Both President Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives have also turned their attention to the growing opioid abuse. The president has announced a plan to spend $11 million to expand access to opioid overdose antidotes nationwide; earlier this month the U.S. House of Representatives passed 18 bills to tackle the national opioid crisis.
Mayes, whose 42nd district covers Yucaipa, noted that according to national figures, more Californians died from overdoses in 2014 than from car accidents. Deaths including opioid prescription medications have increased 16.5 percent in California since 2005.
”I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans joined together to help communities battle the effects of the opioid crisis,’ said Mayes. “By giving schools the authority to stock and administer this crucial medication, we can hopefully save lives and reduce the growing national epidemic of opioid abuse.”
AB 1748 will now go to the state Senate for consideration.