Assembly Panel Passes Bill Aiming To Curb Rx Misuse
On Monday, the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection voted 14-0 to pass a bill (SB 809) aimed at curbing prescription drug misuse and overdose deaths in the state. Under the legislation, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES -- a prescription monitoring program that tracks patients' prescription drug history -- would receive funds through an increase in annual licensing fees on prescribers, such as physicians and pharmacists. The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
- "Bill To Curb Prescription Overdose Deaths Gains in Assembly" (Glover, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 8/13).