Kathleen Sandoval told the Assembly Health and Human Resources Committed that her cousin died of a heroin overdose, and his problem started with prescription drug abuse.

Nevada first lady Kathleen Sandoval testified Wednesday in favor of a bill praised for providing immunity for helping someone who overdoses on drugs but criticized by some doctors for adding to the bureaucratic load they must bear.

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s prescription drug proposal, Senate Bill 459, was written to help prevent highly addictive painkillers from being dispensed to people without a medical need. The bill would require all practitioners to check the state prescription monitoring program before ordering certain controlled substances to make sure patients do not get excess medication.

Kathleen Sandoval told the Assembly Health and Human Resources Committed that her cousin died of a heroin overdose, and his problem started with prescription drug abuse.

“Physicians should know what type of medications their patients are on,” she said.

Doctors testifying in Las Vegas said the legislation would have a chilling effect on doctors considering medications for patients in pain, perhaps prolonging their suffering. Simply requiring doctors to check the prescription monitoring program will not ensure that drugs are used only for a medical need, they said.

“This bill does nothing to prevent overdoses,” said Dr. James Marx who runs a Las Vegas pain clinic. “This bill is merely an overdose treatment bill.”

Assemblywoman Robin Titus, a Wellington Republican and medical doctor, asked Gov. Sandoval’s aides why the bill couldn’t be written to require doctors to consult the state drug database when they have a reasonable belief that the patient might be seeking drugs for any reason other than the treatment of an existing medical condition.

Nevada Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tracey Green said predicting that a drug might be abused is not easily determined.

“If that’s the only time that a physician would look up, I think it gives us the opportunity to miss many abusers who have figured (out) a way to essentially work the system,” Green said.

SB459 would require all prescribers to register with the state prescription monitoring program. Presently, only an estimated 50 percent of Nevada physicians are registered to use the database.

Called the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, the bill also would grant immunity for doctors administering medications to reverse the life-threatening effects of an overdose of opiate pain­killers such as morphine. Medications such as naloxone restore breathing to a victim in the throes of an opioid overdose.

New Nevada agriculture license plate available Monday

To support the Buy Nevada campaign, special license plates will go on sale at the Department of Motor Vehicles beginning Monday, July 14 with the proceeds to benefit agricultural education and promote the state’s ag industry, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Nevada FFA announced Friday. 

 

 
 
 

Buy Nevada Commercial with Nevada’s First Lady

Kathleen Sandoval explains the Buy Nevada program at the Great Basin Food Co-op in Reno, Nevada. A Nevada Department of Agriculture video with Digiman Studios.

August 03, 2012 mini-protest at Governor Sandoval’s mansion in Carson City, Nevada

After a full day of protesting in Reno, we took the protest to Governor Brian Sandoval’s mansion in Carson City for a mini protest.  We peacefully setup a few signs outside the backyard where a jazz concert was being performed.  We laid low and caught the attention on the concert goers after the final set.

The people were pleasant and we had no problems with anyone.  We spoke the the Governor’s mansion management and told them we’ll be doing more mini and even full scale protests at the Governor’s mansion in the near future 😉

August 03, 2012 mini-protest at Governor Sandoval's mansion in Carson City, Nevada

Future NV ANTI-Corruption protests at the Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's Mansion will incorporate the CRIME SCENE banner
Future NV ANTI-Corruption protests at the Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s Mansion will incorporate the CRIME SCENE banner