The California Department of Public Health is testing a new type of psychiatric drug that it says will help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder.
The drug, called naloxone, is being tested in two patients with severe mental illness.
The department says it has been able to find two patients who have used the drug successfully for a year.
The agency says its aim is to begin giving nalco to about 500 patients a week.
In a press release, the department said the new drug “is effective in preventing severe and persistent episodes of PTSD that may be linked to traumatic events and is safe and effective for most people.”
A spokesman for the California Department for Health said the drug was approved by the FDA last month for treating severe and chronic PTSD.
But he said the department is still awaiting an update on its safety data.
The California Hospital Association said in a statement that the drug “should be widely available and widely available in a safe, effective, and non-toxic manner.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.