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News Story
10/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- It was a beautiful, but unusually hot Danville evening on Oct. 26, 2003, when Bob Pack got the call all parents dread. His 10-year-old son Troy and 7-year-old daughter Alana had gone out for Slurpees with their mother Carmen and best friends Hunter and McKenna, when a gold Mercedes jumped the sidewalk. They were run down by the drunk...
News Release
10/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The third video in the “Pee In A Cup The Musical” series greeted doctors arriving at the Disneyland Anaheim Marriott on Saturday. Security guards were deployed after its first drive past the entrance to the evening Awards Gala at the California Medical Association’s annual meeting. The mobile video truck circled...
News Story
10/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Activists advocating statewide mandatory drug and alcohol testing for doctors took their case this weekend to the streets of Anaheim, just outside the Disneyland Hotel as doctors and their advocates met inside for the annual convention of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 doctors statewide. “I don’t see...
News Release
10/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The second in a series of musical videos that make the case for mandatory drug testing of doctors was unveiled today on a mobile billboard truck circling the California Medical Association's annual convention at Disneyland. Families who lost loved ones to negligent doctors and reckless prescribing of narcotics joined Consumer...
Video
10/10/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
KABC Coverage of a Consumer Watchdog press conference regarding patient safety. The CA Medical Board estimates 18% of doctors abuse drugs or alcohol. It's time to change this. A proposed patient safety ballot measure requires mandatory drug testing of physicians in California. Learn more at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/pee
News Release
10/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA –  Families of victims of prescription drug abuse, physician overprescribing, and medical malpractice called for mandatory drug testing of doctors today outside the California Medical Association’s convention at the Disneyland Hotel. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group unveiled a mobile billboard truck...
News Story
10/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Drug tests for students and potential employees are becoming the norm.  But what if doctors had to take them too?  Californians might get a chance to vote on that. Just outside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim a little musical refrain could be heard this afternoon – a 30 second loop of "Pee in a Cup," – blasting...
Blog Post
10/9/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population -- 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It's...
News Story
10/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A contemplative Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gazes into the distance as an excerpt on the same page declares his legislation to expand coverage for the poor the best path to health care reform in California. An unsuspecting reader might assume from the glossy, multipage mailer that Pérez is gearing up to run for statewide office...
News Release
9/26/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA – The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog is telling Californians about the list of physicians who have funded the opposition to a mandatory drug testing initiative for doctors. “Substance abuse among California physicians is higher than the general population, yet unlike bus drivers and...