Faced with a spike in opioid overdose deaths, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring all prescribers to check a state database to see whether their patients have also received drugs from other physicians.
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said patients will be prevented from doctor shopping to get excessive numbers of painkiller pills if prescribers first must check the state’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES, database.
"Overdoses claim tens of thousands of lives each year and more than half of those are attributed to abuse of opioid and prescription drugs," Lara said in a statement. "With the governor's signature, we will help prevent doctor shopping and work to curtail untimely deaths caused by drug abuse.”