Naloxone Distribution Efforts
Increasing the distribution and education of Naloxone can help to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths that occur in California. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been coordinating several efforts toward increasing the access and education of Naloxone. In 2016, the CDPH Naloxone Grant Program was established and funded by the state Legislature to reduce the number of deaths from opioid overdoses. The CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer also issued a Standing Order for Naloxone, which allowed entities not working with a physician to distribute and administer Naloxone. In addition to the standing order, CDPH released a training video to educate the public on how to administer Naloxone.
Other efforts statewide are focused on increased distribution of Naloxone, and increased training and usage. The Department of Health Care Services' (DHCS) Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was created to distribute free Naloxone in its nasal spray formulation. Qualified organizations and entities are able to request free Naloxone from DHCS. The California Board of Pharmacy implemented a new law which allows pharmacists to distribute Naloxone without a prescription. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began implementing a Naloxone Training Program for all 1,900 California Parole Agents in early 2019. The training is designed to ensure California Parole Officers are well trained to recognize an overdose and administer Naloxone.