Naloxone hydrochloride will now be available upon request at California pharmacies.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill (AB 1535) drafted by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Sept. 15. The law will become effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Previously, naloxone was only available by prescription from health care providers or from a few naloxone distribution programs in the state. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has published research affirming the safety and efficacy of laypersons administering naloxone.1