In an effort to address the opioid crisis in California, a panel of state legislators have passed 10 opioid-related bills that would facilitate, among others, sharing of prescription records with other states in the country. Some 50 percent of the bills passed on April 10, 2018, would intensify monitoring activities, making it easier to track opioid prescriptions. This step will assist physicians and law enforcement authorities in identifying and preventing instances of opioid misuse.
The remaining bills aim to place controls on physicians prescribing addictive opioids to children, and expand access to life-saving treatments to fight addiction like addiction rehab facilities. One of the bills also requires doctors to explain the risks posed by addictive opioids to children beforehand and ask their parents or guardians to sign a consent form. Additionally, the committee also passed a bill authorizing police to purchase overdose reversal drugs and treatments without producing a prescription. However, the full Assembly and Senate need to approve the 10 bills before they reach Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
According to the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, an estimated 2,031 people succumbed to an opioid overdose in the state in 2016. Legislators say that the crisis has assumed alarming proportions in rural areas. “There has been a misconception that California has not been particularly hit by this opioid crisis, but this is not true,” said Assemblyman Evan Low, a Campbell Democrat who represents a Silicon Valley-area district.
Meanwhile, opponents of the bills have raised concerns related to safeguarding patients’ privacy. Although one of the bills mandates certain security standards as a prerequisite to data sharing between states, a representative of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Samantha Corbin, wasn’t sure if the security levels were capable of protecting patient privacy.
Opioid addiction is treatable
Experts say most Americans are uninformed about the addictive nature of prescription opioids due to multiple preconceived notions about the safety standards of drug-testing procedures. Many unsuspecting users are often misled into a false sense of assurance that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a robust drug trial and testing framework in place. In fact, this is not the case. On the contrary, the present system places the responsibility of performing clinical trials and safety testing of a newly developed medication on the drug maker itself.
Easy availability of opioids is the major reason why a large number of Americans struggle with opioid use disorder (OUD). In the last two decades, the U.S. has witnessed a skyrocketing ten-fold surge in non-medical use of prescription opioids across states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 600,000 people died from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2016. The CDC data also shows that on average, 115 people die every day from an opioid overdose.
All human beings are wired for addiction. Habitual use of opioids can produce significant observable behavioral changes, including irritation, nervousness, mood swings, and an anxious state of mind. Extended opioid use induces greater tolerance to the increased levels of dopamine, resulting in long-lasting alterations in the brain’s pleasure centers that regulate emotions and the desire for rewards. Additionally, it may also interfere with one’s decision-making capacity and can lead to compulsive drug-seeking urges. This is when chronic opioid users need medical intervention and effective counseling to break free from their destructive lifestyle and regain control of their lives.
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