CDPH Issues Statewide Standing Order for Naloxone

This week, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith issued a standing order for naloxone. The standing order expands access to naloxone for California residents and allows organizations that cannot prescribe naloxone to distribute it to those who are at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose and those in a position to assist during an opioid-related overdose.

The order also authorizes the administration of naloxone to assist a person experiencing or suspected of experiencing an opioid overdose by a family member, friend, or other person who have been trained by an opioid overdose prevention and treatment training program. Entities may apply for the standing order online and must agree to all terms and conditions.

More information, including the standing order application, are available on CDPH’s website here.