Sacramento – Senate Bill 554 by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. This bill will allow Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants in California to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction.
A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3.8 million Americans use opioids for nonmedical use each month.
“Opioid addiction is a growing problem across California and our country,” said Senator Stone. “The more professionals we have with the ability to treat this addiction the better we can provide access to those in need.”
The bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly by unanimous votes.
Senate Bill 554 brings California law into line with federal law.
The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018