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News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A family whose two children were killed by a drug-impaired driver won a battle to change California law. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 482 into law Tuesday. The new law will require all doctors to check a statewide database to ensure patients are not receiving excessive amounts of prescription drugs. For Bob and Carmen...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Bob Pack was doing what dads do: watching football on a late Sunday afternoon. His kids, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, were doing what kids do: short-circuiting their father’s best-laid plans. So Pack did what really cool dads do. “The kids were getting rambunctious and making a lot of noise,” recalled Carmen Pack, Bob...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A bill requiring doctors to check the state’s narcotics database before they prescribe controlled substances for new patients was signed into law this week. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill Tuesday that would also require doctors to annually check the state database, called CURES, if the course of narcotic treatment continues...
News Release
9/27/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog and families who lost loved ones in the opioid epidemic applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s signature today of a new law that will stem opioid overprescribing in California and save lives. SB 482 requires doctors to check a patient’s prescription history in the state Controlled Substance...
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 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....