California DPH issues statewide standing order to reduce opioid deaths with naloxone

Issued by the California Department of Public Health on July 5, 2018:

Many organizations and programs in California can help reduce deaths associated with opioid overdose by distributing naloxone, however some find it difficult to obtain the required standing order from a physician to do so.

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a statewide standing order to help reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdose by facilitating the distribution and administration of Naloxone Hydrochloride (Naloxone) in California.

The standing order allows local organizations or programs such as health departments, harm reduction/syringe exchange programs, substance use disorder treatment providers, homeless programs, jails, emergency services providers, law enforcement, and others that are not currently working with a physician, to distribute naloxone to residents of California who are at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose, their family members and friends, or other persons in a position to assist during an opioid-related overdose. The standing order also authorizes the administration of naloxone to assist a person experiencing, or reasonably suspected of experiencing, an opioid overdose.

For more information, and to access the application for the statewide standing order, visit THIS LINK.

For questions, contact CDPH at naloxonestandingorder [at] cdph [dot] ca [dot] gov.

Thank you,

The Safe and Active Communities Branch
California Department of Public Health