Episode #98 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Senator Melissa Melendez and Juli Shamesh on Tyler's Law - Fentanyl Testing

Episode 98 November 07, 2022 00:54:12
Episode #98 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Senator Melissa Melendez and Juli Shamesh on Tyler's Law - Fentanyl Testing
High Truths on Drugs and Addiction
Episode #98 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Senator Melissa Melendez and Juli Shamesh on Tyler's Law - Fentanyl Testing

Nov 07 2022 | 00:54:12

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Show Notes

Tyler's Law, SB 864 is a California Law signed by Governor Newson in September 2022 that would require all hospitals to include fentanyl whenever a urine drug screen is ordered in a hospital setting. Most people who learn about the bill ask, "isn't that already happening?" Surprisingly, no. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that does not show up on routine hospital opiate screens. To detect fentanyl hospitals, need to purchase a specific fentanyl reagent that averages 75 cents a test.

Watch Fox News Story on SB 864 Melissa Melendez was elected to represent California’s 28th Senate District in May 2020 Melissa Melendez represented California’s 67th Assembly District from 2012 to May 2020. She is a veteran of the United States Navy where she became fluent in Russian and one of the first women approved to fly aboard an EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft overseas. She served her country for ten years in the Navy, during the Cold War, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, Melissa started her own small business providing transcription services to high-level Pentagon officials. She was elected to serve on the Lake Elsinore City Council in 2008 where she also served as Mayor.  Melissa has her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Studies and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She lives in Lake Elsinore with her husband Nico, also a Navy veteran, and their five children. Juli Shamash is mother of Tyler who died of fentanyl after a negative drug screen at an emergency department. After Tyler's death Juli established the Drug Awareness Foundation to provide education and advocacy on drug deaths.  

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