Sen. Curren Price Has Introduced Legislation to Track Down Doctors Who Over-Prescribe Pain Medication
By Betty Pleasant
While his family is trying to spread the blame for the 2009 death of superstar Michael Jackson to AEG Live, the entertainment giant that promoted Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” concert, state Sen. Curren Price is pressing forward with a bill he authored to curtail the deaths of a growing number of famous and not-so-famous Californians supposedly under the care of certified medical personnel.
As the Jackson family proceeds with the voir dire phase of selecting an impartial jury to determine who was responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of providing Jackson with injections of propofol, an anesthetic that killed him. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter during a criminal trial and sentenced to four years in prison for Jackson’s death.
Maintaining that “medicine should heal, not kill,” Price introduced Senate Bill 62 in January to curtail the prescription-related drug deaths of high-profile people, such as Jackson, Heath Ledger, Gerald Levert, and even Elvis Presley.
“Not a week goes by that we do not hear about another mother, father, sister, brother, friend or neighbor whose life was cut short by the misuse of legal, dangerous substances — prescription drugs that in many instances come straight from a bottle with their own name on it, prescribed by their doctor,” Price said.
Toward this end, Price, introduced SB 62, which allows licensing boards fast access to the treasure trove of data contained in coroners’ reports that are already completed in instances of prescription drug overdose resulting in death.