Governor receives update on opioid epidemic in Nevada

RENO, Nev (KOLO) Governor Brian Sandoval is getting an update on his efforts to curb opioid addition and overdoses in our state. For the second year in a row, experts in the field, along with law enforcement, medical professionals, and the insurance industry, met for the “Opioid State Action Accountability Meeting.”

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The meeting is a chance for everyone to see how legislation, sponsored by the governor and others, is having an impact on the opioid problem in our state.

We do know from the latest information, the person most likely to be addicted in our state is between the ages of 45 and 64 and is white.

Unlike other parts of the country, however, overdose deaths are going down in the Silver State. The governor says it takes a statewide effort, and we can always do better.

“We lose a Nevadan a day, and that is not acceptable. And so it is really impressive to me the stakeholders, the families, the victims, the judiciary, law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, we are all coming together to continue this good fight,” says the governor.

The governor says legislation in 2015 allowed for Naloxone to be purchased and administered by anyone to a patient who has overdosed on opioids.

Beginning in January 2018, doctors will only be able to prescribe opioids for a 30-day supply, and that’s after a patient signs a form indicating the patient knows opioids can be addictive.

Governor Sandoval says the state has a secured $9,000,000 in federal grants to fight opioid addiction. One of the most recent grants includes money secured by Nevada’s Attorney General that will help build incinerators throughout the state to take care of drugs collected though drug roundup programs.

Right now those drugs are confiscated by the DEA and transported to Sacramento at great expense.

The next drug roundup event in Northern Nevada is October 21, 2017.