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

Legislation prohibits oxycodone prescriptions for anyone under 21

February 15, 2017

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..... (Read Full Text)