had a valuable and informative discussion at this town hall, and I am
thankful to everyone who tuned in and to our expert panelists Dr. Windy McNerney,
Ph. D., Director of Biological Science Core Division in the Mental
Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA
Palo Alto, and a Clinical Associate Professor (affiliated) at
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of
Medicine; Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee; San Mateo County Superintendent Nancy Magee; and parent activists Ed Ternan, President of Song for Charlie, and Liz Walker of the Colin Walker Memorial Foundation.
Here are some takeaways from our fentanyl town hall discussion:
GET NARCAN: Having ready access to Naloxone, also known as Narcan, will save lives, in the event of an overdose. Narcan will be available without prescription soon. Meanwhile, you can get it at the following sites now:
For a topic this important, I want to get the word out throughout the district about ways to prevent tragedy when possible. Not only have I received many notes of appreciation about this event from constituents and attendees for whom this topic resonated, but also the media coverage of the event highlights the need for our community to address this issue head-on. Here are a couple snippets from our local papers:
which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than
morphine... has made its way into adulterated pills and other street
drugs, often killing unsuspecting users. Many of its victims are teens
and students who are experimenting with drugs. A fake Percocet taken at
a party can quickly result in a fatality, the panelists said,” in The
Palo Alto Weekly’s article, 'The urgency of this matter strikes me very deeply'.
“There is an antidote, but it must be used quickly: Naloxone, or
Narcan,” the article goes on, quoting Supervisor Lee: "I firmly believe
that everybody should have Narcan… it'll save people's lives."
The San Mateo Daily Journal quotes Senator Becker in their article, ‘Fentanyl is no joke’: “Many of us have stood beside friends and family members battling the grip of opioid use. The fentanyl crisis ranks among the most formidable challenges to public health and safety in our time and it compels us to dive deeper into nuances.”
As both a father of two teenagers and a public servant, the urgency of this matter strikes me very deeply. I hope this town hall and my resources page are helpful to you and our communities.
State Senator, 13th District