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Is drug testing of doctors actually needed? An NBC Reality Check segment takes a closer look at a new measure aiming to curb drug and alcohol abuse by those you trust most.

California doctors are not subject to random drug testing, however physicians are regularly being reprimanded with disciplinary action for abuse problems and impairment on the job. According to the California Medical Board, 1-2% of doctors is addicted to drugs or alcohol at any given time.

Does the California Medical Association have a problem with the prospect of 2,000 addicted doctors? The doctors' lobby refused to respond to NBC's repeated interview requests.

For more information on the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act see www.PackAct.org