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Senator Bates “Education Remains Key To Reducing Opioid Tragedies”

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SACRAMENTO – In a joint op-ed published recently in The Coast News Group, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan highlight Senate Bill 1109 (Bates) which would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them about the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opiates. A mother from San Diego whose son overdosed on OxyContin, will testify on the importance of SB 1109 which is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development  in Sacramento next Monday, April 16th at the State Capitol in Room 3191 starting at 1:00PM.
 According to the California Department of Public Health, there were 1,925 opioid-linked overdose deaths in the state in 2016, with 239 in San Diego County alone. … As a state, we must do better. While enhanced law enforcement efforts are necessary in confronting the opioid epidemic, we also believe that education is one of the most powerful weapons we can wield to save lives. … Education is important because while opioids can effectively treat pain, they also affect the brain and can create powerful dependency in a short amount of time. …  SB 1109 brings common sense solutions that protect consumers by telling them the truth about the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opiates. … California needs to attack the opioid crisis in a preventative manner before it reaches the treatment stage to truly make a dent in the epidemic. As the classic saying goes, “Knowledge is Power.”…

Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36thSenate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. 

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