California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Budget Cuts

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California Drug Monitoring System Face Budget Cuts

On its website and on the air, KPCC-FM (2/16, Varney) reported on “The Madeleine Brand Show” that California “electronically track(s) the prescriptions for powerful narcotics, (More Californians die from overdosing on prescription drugs than from illegal street drugs.)  but it’s unrelenting budget cuts are threatening to close the system down.”

Last year, “Governor Jerry Brown announced…that, for budget reasons, he was eliminating the bureau within the Department of Justice that was in charge of narcotics enforcement. (California has the oldest continuous prescription drug monitoring program in the United States dating back to 1939.)

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