Doctor-shopping for prescription painkillers is a major contributor to the nationwide epidemic of drug overdose deaths.
Both houses of the California legislature have approved a bill designed to limit the practice.
The measure, SB 482, would require doctors to check the state’s prescription drug database, known as CURES, before prescribing controlled substances, including opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin.
California’s bill would exempt emergency room physicians from the requirement, as long as they prescribed no more than a seven-day, non-refillable supply of opioids.
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