The Fix: California State Senator Wants to Ban OxyContin Prescriptions For Those Under 21

“We should not be giving our young people a gateway drug that can lead to illicit drug abuse such as heroin."

February 20, 2017

California State Senator Anthony Portantino has introduced a measure that would make prescriptions of the painkiller oxycodone illegal for people younger than 21, in hopes of keeping young people from becoming hooked on the powerful opioid. 

“The abuse of this drug is a national epidemic and we need to protect our children from being prescribed this highly addictive substance," said Portantino, a Democrat, according to the Los Angeles Times. "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.”

Oxycodone is also known by the brand name OxyContin...(Read Full Text)