State Senator Portantino Introduces Bill to Prohibit Minors From Being Prescribed Oxycodone

first_imgGovernment State Senator Portantino Introduces Bill to Prohibit Minors From Being Prescribed Oxycodone Legislation prohibits oxycodone prescriptions for anyone under 21 Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 12:51 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Wednesday, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) introduced SB 419, which will prohibit individuals under the age of twenty-one from being prescribed oxycodone.Oxycodone, more commonly known by its brand name OxyContin, has become exceedingly abused, often ending in addiction, tragedy and overdose. There are numerous cases in California and across the country of teenagers becoming addicted to prescribed pain medication. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 15,000 people died in 2015 due to overdose of opiates. Oxycodone, known as an opioid analgesic is a powerful painkiller prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and is considered a high-risk drug for dependency.“I don’t want to see another child and family go from the soccer field to drug addiction counseling to tragedy,” commented Portantino.Former President Barack Obama has stated, “More Americans die each year from opioid overdoses than in traffic accidents.” Nationally, stronger guidelines are put into place to prevent and decrease the number of deaths affected by this addictive drug. Today, Senator Portantino is strengthening these guidelines for Californians by introducing SB 419.“The abuse of this drug is a national epidemic and we need to protect our children from being prescribed this highly addictive substance. Lawmakers, regulators and medical professionals have been wrestling with how best to control this synthetic heroin and I’m saying, while we’re looking for solutions, let’s make sure we keep it away from our most vulnerable population, ” added Portantino.Recent news outlets reported oxycodone has become a gateway drug, leading users to the traditional street drug, heroin. Oxycodone contains levels of opiates that can result in physical dependence or an urge for greater euphoria through the use of an illegal drug like heroin. Too often, a young athlete is hospitalized with their first sports injury. With very little life experience to understand pain medication and addiction, they become dependent on oxycodone. Parents are also sent home with a prescription for their children without complete comprehension of the risks associated with this medication.“We should not be giving our young people a gateway drug that can lead to illicit drug abuse such as heroin. What we all need is a time out and pause for the health and well-being of our children,” commented Senator Portantino. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty14 Effortless Looks That Make Men StareHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img

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