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News Release
7/17/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court today issued a decision affirming the right of the Medical Board of California to use the state prescription drug database to protect patients from incompetent and negligent doctors, and to prevent dangerous and illegal prescribing of opioids and other powerful medications. In the case, Lewis v...
News Release
9/27/2016
CONTACT 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 Release
8/24/2016
CONTACT 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 Release
6/14/2016
CONTACT 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...
Blog Post
6/2/2016
By Carmen Balber
JUNE 14, 2016 UPDATE: This morning, the Assembly Business and Professions committee voted 16-0 for SB 482 by Senator Lara, to rein in opioid over-prescribing and curb the overdose epidemic.  Prince’s death, and the loss of thousands of Californians every year, has helped spur lawmakers to stand above politics and stand up for reform....
News Release
5/3/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two years after Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to suspend the license of former San Diego Chargers team doctor, David Chao, the Board has charged Chao with negligence in the death of former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. Consumer Watchdog said the Board should have suspended Dr. Chao’s...
News Release
3/28/2016
CONTACT 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
CONTACT 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 Release
11/17/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera & Carmen Balber
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...
News Release
7/21/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – New Jersey has become the tenth state that requires physicians to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications. California’s prescription drug database is voluntary for prescribers. Signed by Gov. Chris Christie, the New Jersey law requires doctors and prescribers to consult...