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A State Senate bill championed by San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan and sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates was approved by a key committee on Monday.

Senate Bill 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids. The bill was passed out of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with bipartisan support.

“Having personally talked with grieving parents who have lost children to this deadly epidemic, it’s time for clear and effective action to save future lives,” said Stephan. “This legislation brings common sense solutions that protect consumers by telling them the truth about the real risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids.”

The bill requires continuing medical education for prescribers, addiction-warning labels, and special rules in the case of minors. It focuses on the duty of medical professionals and athletic programs to educate and inform minors and their parents about the risks of opioid pain medication

“I’m grateful to partner with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan on SB 1109 and I am hopeful that our bill will continue to receive bipartisan support as it goes through the legislative process,” said Bates, who represents north San Diego and south Orange counties.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.