A month after the California Department of Public Health issued a statewide standing order for naloxone, the emergency antidote for opioid overdoses, the agency has authorized 27 organizations across the state — mostly pharmacies and addiction treatment centers — to distribute and administer the medication without a prescription. The order was issued by agency director Dr. Karen Smith on June 8. Previously, organizations needed a prescription from an individual physician in order to distribute naloxone. Smith’s order functions as a standing prescription for organizations that have a hard time finding such a doctor — a problem in small and rural communities where physician shortages are common, and addiction medicine is outside the purview of many doctors’ practices. “It’s one step in our multifaceted approach to increasing ready access to naloxone,” Smith said in an interview last month about the order. Among those newly authorized to … [Read more...] about More California pharmacies to distribute opioid overdose drug
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. misled the public about its efforts to maintain power equipment in a way that helps prevent wildfires, Camp Fire victims allege in a pair of new lawsuits. The suits filed Monday take aim at PG&E’s efforts to improve its image after the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, saying the utility ran false or misleading advertisements and made incorrect public statements regarding its safety-related maintenance work. The suits filed in Butte County Superior Court open a new front in the courtroom battle gearing up over California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, which has led to mounting lawsuits against PG&E in recent weeks. PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said on Tuesday the utility is aware of the lawsuits and that safety of customers remains its “highest priority.” “Right now, our focus is on assessing infrastructure, safely restoring power where possible and helping our customers recover and … [Read more...] about Camp Fire lawsuits target PG&E for advertising about its safety work
The power was deliberately cut through large swathes of Northern California, where Pacific Gas & Electric left 700,000 businesses and homes temporarily in the dark, some from October 9-12. 24,000 customers had their power cut by Southern California Edison, and for most, it was back within 24 hours. “A large part of the problem is climate change,” said Severin Borenstein, a professor at the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the school’s Energy Institute. “Electricity lines have been starting fires for a century, but generally those fires were pretty small,” he said. “What’s changed, and we saw in a dramatic and horrible way in Paradise, California last year,” he said, “is that the same sort of electric line failure can now cause a massive conflagration, which is that case killed 85 people.” Pacific Gas & Electric, the company whose equipment sparked the so-called Camp Fire, the … [Read more...] about California Power Companies Race to Upgrade Systems
Many medical cannabis users indulge in the morning, “waking-and-baking,” and Northern Californians prefer trippier kinds of marijuana than folks in Southern California. Those are among the insights gleaned from the aggregate use patterns of 100,000 clients of Eaze, a medical marijuana delivery service that released information Tuesday about users in the 80 California cities where it operates. Marijuana Movement Biz & TechBy Joe GarofoliGlitch in new marijuana law has some California cities scramblingBiz & TechBy Joe GarofoliPuff, puff, pass — or fail: East Bay cops to get pot breath...Biz & TechBy Joe GarofoliIn hiring weed czar, California seeks technocrat, not stonerLocalBy Joe GarofoliGroup helps pot smokers come out to their Asian-American parents Eaze CEO Keith McCarty hopes that sharing the data will help shape the new medical marijuana regulations being crafted in California. Even though medical cannabis has been legal in California for two … [Read more...] about Who, exactly, uses the on-demand marijuana delivery service Eaze?
The California Department of Public Health on Thursday issued a statewide standing order for naloxone, the emergency antidote that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The order, issued by agency Director Dr. Karen Smith, functions as a standing prescription that enables all California organizations that work to reduce or manage drug addiction — such as sober living facilities, needle exchange programs and residential treatment centers — to distribute naloxone to patients and members of the community. The facilities would no longer have to get a prescription from an individual doctor. Naloxone, often sold under the brand name Narcan, is administered by injection or nasal mist. Public health officials have pushed in recent years to make the medication more accessible. State regulations that took effect in 2015 authorized California pharmacists to make naloxone available without a prescription, but not all pharmacies carry it. And many nonprofit groups that work in … [Read more...] about California orders opioid overdose antidote naloxone available without prescription