CBS Sacramento: Lawmaker Proposes Tax On OxyContin, Prescription Opioids

Wednesday, March 1 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California lawmaker wants to tax OxyContin and other prescription opioids to fund rehabilitation services for people addicted to opioids and heroin.

Democratic State Sen. Anthony Portantino, of La Canada Flintridge, introduced a bill last month to ban doctors from prescribing OxyContin, the brand name for the drug oxycodone, to people under age 21. That bill, SB 419, aims to protect children from exposure to the drug. If it passes, it could become the first legislation of its kind in the country, according to Portantino’s office.

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