Portantino’s bill would allow Narcan, fentanyl test strips in schools

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State Sen. Anthony Portantino has introduced Senate Bill 997, designed to address the opioid crisis among young people by allowing them to carry fentanyl test strips and enabling schools to distribute Narcan nasal spray.

The bill was inspired by proposals from Portantino’s summer internship program, where interns are encouraged to research and suggest initiatives for legislative development. SB 997 aims to empower students with tools to prevent opioid overdoses, specifically through the use of fentanyl test strips and Narcan nasal spray, both recognized for their ease of use and potential to save lives.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the state witnessed over 7,000 opioid-related deaths in 2022, with fentanyl implicated in the majority of these incidents. The legislation responds to the critical need for preventive measures in schools, authorizing students to carry naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray and requiring public middle and high schools to make fentanyl test strips available.

The bill’s approach is twofold: offering Narcan nasal spray as an immediate response to overdoses and fentanyl test strips as a preventive measure to identify and avoid fentanyl-laced drugs. Fentanyl, known for its extreme potency, poses a significant risk, especially when mixed with other drugs.

 
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Cy Husain
1 month ago

California EMTs‍⚕ can administer epinephrine, test glucose levels &, administer Naloxone/Narcan® for opioid overdose. An Online course for opioid overdose reversal is available.

Xylazine, street name “Tranq” is a NON-opioid sedative that CANNOT be neutralized by Naloxone/Narcan, approved by FDA ONLY for veterinary use but, increasingly being abused. Xylazine overdose reversed by Tolazine

West
West
1 month ago

Who could have seen this coming… Maybe traumatizing an entire generation with school closures, face diapers and forced injections wasn’t the “kind” thing to do, after all.

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  West

Lockdowns & masks😷 really did help to control the COVID-19 Pandemic ☣ ❗
Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPI) like social distancing, masks, test, trace & isolate were “Unequivocally Effective” at preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and, preventing tens of millions of more deaths. 📰

karalinda
2 months ago

legislative development. SB 997 aims to empower students with tools to prevent opioid overdoses, specifically through the use of fentanyl test strips and Narcan nasal spray, both recognized for their ease of use and potential to save lives.According to the California Department of Public Health, the state Slope unblocked witnessed over 7,000 opioid-related deaths in 2022, with fentanyl implicated in the majority of these incidents. The legislation responds to the critical need for preventive measures in schools, authorizing students to carry naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray and requiring public middle and high schools to make fentanyl test strips availabl

Jimmypalmieri
Jimmypalmieri
2 months ago

Anyone against this cann

julia
julia
2 months ago

asdc

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
2 months ago

This is lifesaving. Anyone against this cannot claim to be concerned about younger people’s lives.

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

I’m against it. Drug addicts are likely going to have an untimely sad ending. Why prolong it at taxpayer expense. Let’s not make it easier for junkies who endanger others lives.

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

With intervention and treatment, addicts can have an excellent chance of avoiding the negative outcomes, living happy and productive lives. NOT helping addicts has proven to cost society a-lot more because we end up missing out in all the contributions recovered addicts can make in return. Saving addicts from overdose with Naloxone/Narcan® does NOT encourage addiction, quite the opposite, they are MORE likely to be open to accepting help ❗ 💝

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