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News Story
9/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California doctors will be required to check a database of prescription narcotics before writing scripts for addictive drugs under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday that aims to address the scourge of opioid abuse. The measure attempts to crack down on a practice known as "doctor-shopping," in...
News Story
9/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — Almost 13 years after a driver hooked on prescription painkillers drove into Bob Pack’s two young children on a sidewalk, killing them both, the Danville father on Tuesday finally got the call he has been waiting so long to receive. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 482, which will require doctors to...
News Story
9/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Faced with a spike in opioid overdose deaths, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring all prescribers to check a state database to see whether their patients have also received drugs from other physicians. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said patients will be prevented from doctor shopping to get excessive numbers of...
Video
8/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
http://consumerwatchdog.org/sb482 -- It has been a long journey prompted by tragedy, but the California legislature has finally approved a bill requiring doctors to know patients’ prescription history before prescribing narcotics. It will help stop the opioid epidemic. Ask Gov. Jerry Brown to sign it.
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...
Feature
6/21/2016
Posted by Connor
Michelle Woo was a baker in San Francisco, a mother, and an active member in her community.  And when she was told she would need heart surgery, her daughter wanted to ensure she received the best care possible, so Michele was taken to Mountain View Hospital, a facility known for its quality surgical care.  And the surgery itself went...