Newsom Signs Fentanyl Education Bill Co-Sponsored by San Diego County

California high school students will learn about the dangers of fentanyl as part of their regular health education.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2429 last week. It was introduced by Assemblymember David Alvarez (D-San Diego), with the County of San Diego as a co-sponsor.

The bill requires districts, private schools or charter schools that mandate health courses to add fentanyl education to the curriculum beginning in 2026-27. Students will learn about synthetic opioids and non-synthetic opioids; the difference between legal and illegal fentanyl usage; what makes fentanyl so dangerous/deadly; “lacing” of products; and how to respond to an overdose. 

“The passing of Assembly Bill 2429 marks a crucial step in our efforts to educate young people about the dangers associated with fentanyl,” San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas said in a statement.

“There is no one-size solution to this crisis, but providing education about the dangers of fentanyl is a good first step.”


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