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News Story
8/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- For more than a decade, Bob Pack has been haunting the hallways in and around the state Capitol, knocking on doors of California lawmakers, lobbyists and doctors' groups, hoping his family's tragic tale would persuade them to pass legislation that might stop his nightmare from recurring. At every meeting and legislative hearing...
News Release
8/24/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – With a unanimous vote the California Assembly approved SB 482 today, legislation that will begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic by requiring doctors to check patients’ prescription histories before prescribing. The bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to the governor. “California...
News Story
8/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
For the fourth consecutive year, we write this editorial. Since we started, thousands of Californians have died from prescription opioid drug overdoses. Tens of thousands have been hospitalized. And since we started, the California Medical Association has successfully blocked simple, meaningful reform that could greatly reduce the human toll....
News Story
7/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The numbers are staggering and getting worse. More than 165,000 Americans died from prescription opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department of Public Health says 1,895 Californians died of opioid overdoses in 2013. An additional 11,683 — an average of 32 a...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- As a defensive strong safety on his high school football team, Aaron Rubin was no stranger to injury treatment. He'd apply ice, take ibuprofen and - unbeknownst to his parents - self-medicate with prescription drugs. Over time, as treatment turned to addiction, Rubin graduated from painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet to...
News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – A California Assembly committee approved a bill today to begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic and save lives. More people are lost in California to drug overdoses than any other state, and many of those family members testified to their loss today. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee voted 15-0 to approve...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Like 48 other states, California has an online database that records all the prescriptions issued for potentially habit-forming or abuseable drugs, such as OxyContin and Ritalin. The hope is that the system will deter patients from “doctor shopping” to obtain excess quantities of a drug, and help authorities crack down on healthcare...
News Story
5/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The 15-member board that monitors physicians in California Friday declared its neutrality on pending state legislation that would require doctors to notify their patients if they are put on probation for serious violations, including gross negligence, sexual misconduct and felony convictions related to the care they provide. The decision by the...
News Story
5/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES, CA -- The women sat in a circle and bemoaned their sleepless nights. It seemed unfair: Their babies weren't born yet. Mayra Del Real's daughter turned somersaults in her belly every few hours. Alexandria Smith lay awake with heartburn. When she wasn't propped up with every pillow in the house, she was making bleary-eyed...
Feature
5/4/2016
Posted by Connor
It started with his boy.  Robert Downey’s 11-year-old had a sore and tested positive for MRSA, a dangerous infection that is treatable if defected in time but can be deadly.  The young man was given intravenous antibiotics and recovered. A few weeks later Robert had a similar sore that he worried would also be a sign of MRSA and...