The opioid crisis continues to rage across the country, and several bills in the California Legislature aim to better address it.

Several of those bills are written by Sen. Pat Bates, the Senate Republican leader who represents parts of southern Orange County and northern San Diego County. In addition to writing bills that would warn and educate people about the addictive nature of prescription opioids, Bates also wants to tackle a related issue: problems plaguing facilities where recovering addicts seek shelter or treatment. Bates is hosting an opioid forum in Carlsbad next week that will feature District Attorney Summer Stephan, health officials and other stakeholders.

Bates answered some questions via email about what she’s hoping to accomplish this session.

 

Read more at the Voice of San Diego

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