AG Camacho Proposes Law Aimed at Combatting Drugs

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As PNC previously reported, Fentanyl is an addictive synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine, used in cancer treatment and pain management.

In an interview on Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo, Attorney General Leevin Camacho goes into further detail about the dangers of Fentanyl.

He said, “The opioid epidemic in Guam is similar where we don’t talk too much about it but it affects people on the island.”

He says the Opioid Advisory Council is seeking to pass a law that will change the law regarding opioid overdose medication.

AG Camacho says that they are looking to make Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of opioids readily available to first responders or officers to combat opioid overdoses.

Additionally that Guam should have more prevention, education, outreach, and support.

Camacho said, “We now have $2.6M in the bank right now that is going to be used to support prevention efforts as well as support some of these programs.”

The spread of Fentanyl within the continental US was also a central point of discussion. Which is a cause of concern with Halloween and other candy-filled holidays fast approaching. As, according to national headlines, people are looking into new ways to “hook people and create a thriving business.

Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo says that the possibility of people putting the drug into Halloween candy is now something to look out for.

Camacho says that “Take-Back Drugs,” hosted by DEA is happening on Saturday, October 29 for individuals who have old medication to safely dispose of them to avoid the danger of overdosing. There will be multiple locations on the island.

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.