Proposed California Bills seek to help curb Opioid Addiction
There is an opioid addiction problem in the United States and every state is trying to deal with it the best they can. In California, there has been a slate of bills proposed that are meant to reduce access to highly addictive prescription drugs. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) introduced three measures to provide a better understanding of patients’ access to addictive prescription drugs, which will build on an existing state database tracking prescriptions in California. Low stated,
I don’t think there’s enough attention at the issue at hand, which is the system is not working. We need to hold our health providers accountable for ensuring the health and safety of the patients they’re fundamentally attempting to serve. Without this data, without this accountability and transparency, how are we able to say, ‘OK prescriber, here is where you went wrong.’
One of Low’s proposed bills would enable California’s database, known as CURES, to link up with those in other states in order to trace “doctor shopping” for multiple opioid prescriptions in multiple states. Another one of Low’s proposed bills would require pharmacies to report dispensed prescriptions to the database within 24 hours, rather than the seven days that is currently required. The third proposed bill would add more regulations to the printing of prescription pads in order to cut down on fraudulent prescriptions. Hopefully, if these bills are passed, they will help curb prescription drug addiction.