10/7/2013, California drug overdoses rise, but state fares better than many
The number of drug-overdose deaths in California — most of which are from prescription medications — increased by 31 percent from 1999 to 2010, according to a new report.
However, the Golden State fared better than many states with the 15th lowest drug-overdose mortality rate in the U.S., with 10.6 per 100,000 people suffering fatal overdoses in 2010, according to “Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic,” which was released by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. And while most states received a score of 6 or less, California rated an 8 on a scale of 10 for “promising indicators” of strategies to curb prescription drug abuse, the report found.
Oh no, who the heck is Trust for America’s Health? Another federally-funded anti-drug group?
While California has an active prescription-drug monitoring program called CURES for certain controlled substances, it does not require — as 16 other states currently do — mandatory use by its prescribers, the report noted. The state also does not have a law requiring or permitting a pharmacist to mandate identification prior to dispensing a controlled substance.
I find it hard to believe that you can pick up a prescription in California without an ID. How would that even work?
The state was given points for many indicators, including having a “doctor-shopping law” and a “good Samaritan law.” The first prohibits patients from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their health care providers, while the latter provides some immunity or lessening of a sentence for those seeking to help themselves or others experiencing an overdose.
So, I wonder what the punishment is for lying to your health care provider?
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills last month aiming to curb prescription-drug abuse. The first, SB 670, allows the state medical board to inspect and copy medical records of a deceased patient without a court order or the consent of next of kin. The second, SB 809, increases practitioners’ licensing fees in order to fund an overhaul of the CURES database, which some doctors consider too complex.
Okay, even when you’re dead, you don’t have any privacy.
April Rovero of San Ramon lost her 21-year-old son Joseph “Joey” John Rovero III in December 2009, when the Arizona State University student died from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. The Rowland Heights doctor who prescribed Joey the drugs is now facing second-degree murder charges for that death and those of two other young men.
My god, more murder charges…
Rovero, founder of National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse…
Here’s your epidemic: People who have lost loved ones in the drug war behaving and being treated as experts.
A third bill, SB 62, was vetoed by the governor over funding concerns and would have required county coroners to notify the medical board any time they determine a death was caused by a narcotic. Sen. Ted W. Lieu, D-Torrance, who authored the bill, said he’ll be checking to see whether coroners would be willing to do this voluntarily.
Oh, jesus christ, bringing coroners into the drug war… what next?
Well, at least there’s no specific mention of blaming pain patients in this article — just an inference.