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News Release
1/24/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline,    1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors.  A woman harmed by her physician, who found out only later that the doctor had an alcohol abuse problem, called for...
Video
1/20/2014
"The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to identify doctors who abuse substances. This hotline will give the public a place to report concerns about impaired doctors to protect patients and save lives," said Carmen Balber,...
News Release
12/10/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA  -- In a position paper published today to address the “serious public health problem” of prescription drug abuse, the nation’s largest physician medical society argues that doctors should be required to check state prescription drug databases before prescribing controlled substances to patients. Petitions...
Video
10/28/2013
Almost 10 years to the day after their 10-year-old son, Troy, and 7-year-old daughter, Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver, Danville residents Bob and Carmen Pack led a gathering of friends, family, and well-wishers to honor the memory of their children and to advocate for legislative changes that they hope will prevent similar tragedies.
Video
10/28/2013
A Danville couple whose two children were struck and killed by a drunk driver a decade ago will honor their memory in Danville this weekend. The memorial for Troy Pack and his younger sister Alana was held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Valley Elementary School. The event comes 10 years after the Oct. 26, 2003 deaths of Troy, 10, and Alana,...
News Release
10/14/2013
CONTACT 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 Release
10/11/2013
CONTACT 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
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
CONTACT 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...
Blog Post
9/27/2013
By Jamie Court
Governor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths.  The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription...