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Bill would save narcotics-monitoring program
Sacramento Business Journal

A bill pending at the state Capitol seeks to rescue California’s fledgling program to monitor drug prescriptions for overuse — and overprescribing — of narcotic painkillers. Senate Bill 809 is sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris and authored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat from Concord. Wracked by state budget cuts, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, better known as CURES, doesn’t have enough money to operate after July 1.