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Consumer group calls for laws to boost monitoring of doctors
Los Angeles Times

A consumer advocacy group Wednesday called for new laws to improve the state’s monitoring of doctors who prescribe dangerous narcotics.

Consumer Watchdog said reforms were needed to reduce surging prescription drug overdoses and to rein in incompetent and corrupt physicians.

“We call upon you to convene hearings immediately to deal with this crisis and consider appropriate solutions,” the Santa Monica-based group wrote in a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers.