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Fox's Rehabilitation bill passes Assembly

Posted: May 29, 2013 5:50 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2013 5:50 p.m.

(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 395, a measure allowing doctors to treat patients in residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, was approved by the State Assembly with strong bipartisan support.

“Patients who are making the difficult decision to overcome chemical dependency need to be safe and to be supported by physicians,” said Fox. “This law is a sensible, efficient and compassionate solution to a needless problem.”

Currently, medical doctors are not allowed to treat patients in residential alcohol and drug treatment facilities due to the rules pertaining to the licensure of such facilities. When patients are experiencing serious adverse effects of detoxification, they must be transported to a doctor’s office or emergency room for medical care. This law would allow doctors to treat patients on-site.

“This law will reduce the pressure on emergency rooms at the same time that it helps people to successfully overcome their addictions and lead better lives,” continued Fox.

The measure passed with a margin of 70-01 and now will advance to the State Senate.

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