California Lawmaker Wants To Impose Age Limit On Opioid Prescriptions
The bill proposed by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would prohibit doctors from proscribing oxycodone to patients younger than 21.
Los Angeles Times:
California State Senator Proposes Banning Prescriptions Of Powerful Painkiller Oxycodone For Those Under 21
Seeking to stem the growing opioid abuse crisis, a California state senator is proposing to prohibit prescriptions of the painkiller oxycodone for anyone under the age of 21. Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said his measure, SB 419, would stop younger people from getting early exposure to the highly addictive pain drug, commonly known by its brand name, OxyContin. “The abuse of this drug is a national epidemic and we need to protect our children from being prescribed this highly addictive substance," Portantino said in a statement. (Mason, 2/15)