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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 Release
3/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama will give the keynote address at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit tomorrow where prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are being highlighted as essential tools to reduce prescription abuse. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check...
News Release
2/3/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health experts say system available in California could curb overdose deaths Public health experts say California and other states should require doctors to check a prescription drug database before giving new patients a prescription for opioids and other controlled substances. The new call to action to reduce prescription drug overdose deaths was...
News Release
11/17/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – California can lead in the fight against prescription drug abuse by joining a growing consensus of public health leaders who are urging mandatory use of prescription drug monitoring programs, Consumer Watchdog said today.   On Monday, a group of experts, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of...