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California Lawmakers Pass Prescription Drug Reform Bills

PrescriptionDrugsSenate Bill 809 would shore up California’s prescription drug monitoring program, which was gutted during the state’s fiscal crisis. The program, known as CURES, is viewed by experts and public health authorities as key to stemming the epidemic of overdose deaths. Under the program, pharmacists are required to report to the state attorney general every narcotic prescription they dispense, including the names of the prescriber and the patient according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times.