Naloxone, Cannabis, and the State’s Master Plan on Aging

AB 714: Exempting Terminally Ill from Naloxone Co-Prescribing Requirements

CCCC is closely following and supporting is AB 714, which eases for certain groups some of the requirements regarding opioids and co-prescribing naloxone chloride (naloxone).  Current state law (AB 2760/Statutes of 2018) requires prescribers of specified opioid-related medications to also offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride (brand name Narcan) or similar drug to reverse an opioid overdose.  AB 714, as currently amended, provides an exemption from the naxalone requirement when prescribing for terminally ill patients, as well patients in an inpatient or outpatient setting where medications are ordered or administered while the patient is on site. The bill has an urgency clause, which means if the bill is passed, it will take effect immediately.  Current text for AB 714 bill.>>

AB 305: Access to Cannabis in Healthcare Facilities

AB 305 (Huestro), the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law, would require a healthcare facility to allow a patient who is terminally ill to use medical cannabis within the healthcare facility, subject to certain restrictions.  Smoking or vaping of medical marijuana is not allowed and  emergency departments are exempted. Recent amendments exempt patients receiving emergency services and care from the provisions of this bill, and permit hospitals to suspend compliance with this bill if a federal regulatory agency initiates enforcement action or otherwise notifies health facilities that they are prohibited from allowing the use of medical cannabis. Current text for AB 305.>>

AB 1382 and SB 228: CA Master Plan on Aging

Two bills making their way through the Legislature focus on shaping development of the state’s master plan on aging:

  • AB 1382 (Aguierra) requires the state to develop a Master Plan on Aging to include an implementation plan relative to both the paid workforce and unpaid family caregiver workforce as well as a requirement to develop recommendations for widespread training in geriatrics, palliative, and hospice care for all health care professionals.
  • SB 228 (Jackson), creates a “Master Plan Director” to lead the planning process for a Master Plan on Aging. It also establishes an Aging Task Force, consisting of 13 members that would represent consumer advocates, health care, long-term services and supports, labor, transportation, housing, schools of gerontology, local government, and business. The Master Plan Director would provide leadership to the task force. 

With California’s senior population projected to increase by four million in the next ten years, and an increasing number of those individuals needing care and services related to chronic conditions and age-related disabilities, Governor Gavin Newsom announced during his first State of the State speech a plan to develop a Master Plan on Aging that will address “person-centered care, the patchwork of public services, social isolation, bed-locked seniors in need of transportation, the nursing shortage and demand for In-Home Supportive Services that far outpaces its capacity.”