As Opioid Crisis Rages On, California Officials Ramp Up Efforts To Curb Deadly Epidemic
Most recently, a state Assembly committee voted 16-0 to approve a bill that would require doctors to check California’s prescription drug database before prescribing certain addictive drugs.
The Sacramento Bee:
Fighting Opiate Abuse: Lawmakers, Families Demand Action
In the deadly world of opioid overdoses, fentanyl is only the latest high-profile killer. Opioid abuse cuts across all demographics, from celebrities such as Prince, whose recent death was confirmed as an “accidental” fentanyl overdose, to victims in upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhoods and worn south Sacramento streets. Calling it a public health epidemic, legislators, law enforcement, health officials and families here and across the country are ramping up new efforts to combat opiate addiction and deaths, including those attributed to fentanyl. (Buck, 6/15)