Judge Waives Law Barring Vocational Nurses From Administering Naloxone
The California prison system, which is facing an epidemic of opioid overdoses, employs about 2,000 registered nurses and about 1,800 licensed vocational nurses. Previously, only registered nurses could administer the anti-overdose medication.
The Associated Press:
Feds Override California To Aid Inmates With Drug Overdoses
A federal judge overrode a California state law on Friday to help combat a growing problem of inmates dying from drug overdoses.U.S. Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco approved waiving state law to allow licensed vocational nurses to administer the overdose antidote naloxone, which can reverse respiratory failures from opioid overdoses. (Thompson, 3/10)