Crusader For Prescription Monitoring Program Has Channeled Tragedy Into Progress
Bob Pack lost two of his children to an accident involving a woman under the influence of painkillers. Since then he's made it his life mission to advocate for Senate Bill 482, which would require doctors to check a database for a patient's prescription history before prescribing opioids.
East Bay Times:
Danville's Bob Pack Nears Victory For California Prescription Drug Law
For more than a decade, Bob Pack has been haunting the hallways in and around the state Capitol, knocking on doors of California lawmakers, lobbyists and doctors' groups -- in the hopes that his family's tragic tale would persuade them to pass legislation that might prevent others from having to live through his nightmare. ... Now, Pack is on the verge of victory: Senate Bill 482, which would require doctors to check a database for a patient's prescription history before prescribing opioids and other potentially dangerous drugs, unanimously passed the California Assembly last week and is expected to get final clearance from the state Senate early this week before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. (Seipel, 8/26)