Senator Mark DeSaulnier Introduces Two Gun Safety Bills

February 23, 2013 15:45 pm · 87 comments

Last week Senator Mark DeSaulnier introduced two bills aimed at promoting gun safety, fighting gun trafficking, and curbing gun violence in our communities.

“Senseless violence occurs far too often when guns fall into the wrong hands,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “I introduced these bills to improve gun safety and help law enforcement better keep firearms out of the hands of criminals or illicit gun traffickers. It is imperative that when a firearm is lost or stolen our law enforcement officers are notified as quickly as possible.

Every hour counts when it comes to preventing violence in our communities. Additionally, we should make sure that guns are only used by the owners who are authorized to fire them. Many technologies exist to create this kind of safety mechanism, including biometric readers. It is also important that we recognize the vast impact of gun-related suicides. These bills will help prevent depressed or despondent individuals from having access to firearms.”

Senator DeSaulnier introduced the following two gun bills:

  • SB 293. This bill requires hand guns have an owner authorized safety mechanism, such as biometric readers or other technologies.
  • SB 299. This bill requires that every person whose firearm is lost or stolen must notify local law enforcement within 48 hours of the time they knew, or reasonably should have known, that the firearm had been lost or stolen. If the firearm is subsequently recovered, the local law enforcement agency must be notified within 48 hours of the recovery.

These bills also take aim at reducing gun-related suicides. By decreasing illicit guns on the streets and preventing unauthorized users from operating handguns, the availability of guns to depressed or suicidal individuals is limited. Nationally, about 19,000 of the more than 31,000 gun-related deaths each year are due to suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85% of suicide attempts involving guns result in death, making firearms the leading method of suicide in the United States.

Last year, DeSaulnier introduced SB 1366 requiring lost or stolen firearms to be reported to local law enforcement. SB 1366 was supported by a wide range of law enforcement and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Sherriff, Lee Baca. It was vetoed by Governor Brown.

{ 87 comments }

1 The Closer February 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Soooo SB 299 makes a criminal of a citizen for not reporting the theft of ones firearm in a “reasonable” time? I guess I better check my safe, as I have,nt been to the range in over a year.

2 The Theorist February 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

“Senseless legislation occurs far too often when power falls into the wrong hands,” a local Claycordian citizen said, “and you can quote me on that!”

3 Howard K. Mullins III February 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Punishing the innocent for the crimes of the insane criminals.

I guess then its OK to give speeding tickets to people who are not driving, or giving parking tickets to people who left their cars at home.

Same sort of thought process.

4 stupid politicians February 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

He like all politicians dont live in a real world. Why not try writing laws that actually do something besides giving them the ability to say i tried to do something about gun violence instead of truly addressing it. Growing up it was known use a gun go to jail. Well why not try putting some bite into this.
Get caught with a stollen gun 5 years, use a gun in a crime 10 years. discharge a weapon in any fashion as to cause bodily harm to any individual in the commision of a crime 20 years. These guys need to be made responsible for there actions of using these weapons in crime and gang warfare. This biometric crap is a dream. it does not address the million of firearms that already exsist. you know the ones that get stollen and sold on the street for crime.

5 Mongoose February 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Reporting a firearm as stolen as soon as you realize same is a no brainer that hardly requires a new law. A”biometric reader” and ( what ) other technologies…double talk for ” I am ignorant”. More of the same, do something for the sake of appearing to do something.

6 Magic 8 Ball February 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

You cannot legislate people not to be broken. It’s not Joe or Jane citizen you have to worry about it that person who is broken that doesn’t care about your useless legislation you have to worry about.

How about you worry more about the economy and less about guns?

7 Elwood February 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Is there no end to this turd?

Does he introduce a silly bill every day, or does it just seem like it?

8 The Theorist February 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Call me silly, and I don’t know if Obamacare is the answer, but wouldn’t it make more sense to give access, in the form of universal medical (mental or physical) care, to this ultra-small minority of the population that needs help instead of chipping away at the rights of the majority?
Biometric readers?? What next, scanners to make sure you are shooting the right right perp? Built-in cell phones on your weapon to provide after-shooting counseling? Updates to your gun’s FaceBook status, “First post, just killed my first mugger!”

9 Jerk of Knee February 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Does technology now exist to retrofit all existing handguns?
Is this another attempt to legislate an end around to mandate existing guns be surrendered because a retrofit is not possible?

Where is democrat mental health legislation that would ramp up education the public in mental health, dealing with stress, dealing with and understanding difficult people. Why does suicide prevention help available at final stages of the crisis?

What about in our schools? Males say at age 10 that are getting in trouble and don’t get help to modify that behavior by age 15 will most likely become Felons later in life. That from a man with almost 40 years dealing with problem kids.

Where is democrat mental health legislation that would order coordination between agencies of government, get help to the mass killers to Prevent their rampages. Those with documented problems, Preventing them from possessing firearms by ensuring Existing federal and state laws are followed.

Frankly am getting tired of politicians piling on, and trying to take the easy way out, not wanting to take on root causes. Mass shooter events in the news are committed by mentally ill individuals. Most with Documented Histories and repeated failures by authorities to follow existing procedures and laws already in place.

After VA Tech state of Virginia did an Exhaustive and Very detailed report on the killer. Should be a mandatory read for politicians.
http://www.governor.virginia.gov/TempContent/techPanelReport.cfm

Doess Lanterman Petris Short Act need additional tuning?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanterman-Petris-Short_Act
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/aot/overview.html

Step up Mark or next election $150 or more goes to your opponent and I will Volunteer my time to their campaign.

10 Triple Canopy February 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM

STUPID LEGISLATION.

11 SB 293 February 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

This bill requires that all guns have an unreliable fingerprint reader that will cause a failure to fire at the time the firearm is most needed. In addition, this bill will make all firearms too large to conceal due to the added electronics, subject to damage from getting wet, and require batteries to be checked and changed regularly. Furthermore, it will have the “benefit” of making guns too expensive for anybody but the wealthy to afford them. You know, the people who live in the “safe” neighborhoods and are the least likely to have to defend themselves with deadly force.

And don’t even get me started on SB 299. How in the HELL is that going to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or do anything to reduce crime? Sheer stupidity, like we’ve come to expect from Marky Mark. I can’t understand why you people keep voting for this jackass.

12 anon February 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

He needs to add that the owner if they do not report is crimimally and civilly responsible for crimes committed with their gun. You can have it, if your responsible for it.

13 anon February 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

A gun IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. If you can’t be responsible don’t have one. If you have one take responsiblity. It’s not someone elses fault your gun is stolen. IT”S YOURS. You always blame someone else for your actions. Grow up.

14 Pegasus February 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Thanks for the comic relief, Mark- You’ve again shown yourself to be the limited thinker we know you to be.

15 Elwood February 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

“Trips to far-flung, exotic destinations are increasingly commonplace. Former state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, last year spent $6,198 on a trip to Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and London. Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, spent $13,711 on two trips that took him to Moscow, London, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.

“I know we get criticized for it, but we don’t use public funds, there’s no international quid pro quo, and it helps my understanding of different issues like high-speed rail,” DeSaulnier said. “I understand that people think it’s elitist, that it’s something we’re taking advantage of — and I guess I enjoy the trips. But this makes me a better person, more knowledgeable about the global economy we live in.”

http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22651635/california-campaign-finance-reporting-ripe-abuse

What a dork!

16 Starfish February 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

All in love. lol . :-) (figuratively speaking of course)

17 Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

The self described”Only liberal untie race” has exceeded even what the big lib dems want. What a bad person he is.

18 Captain Bebops February 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

First off these are bills submitted by your local state senator. How many other bills have been submitted by legislators from other areas of the state? If you find problems with the bill then let him know. These people come up with laws and some that got passed have been poorly written just to show that they are doing something. If they don’t they’ll elect someone else.

First off, if he wants the biometric modification or addition then sweeten the pot by giving a tax rebate for it. Of course there are also companies with such mods licking their chops over passage of such a bill. Be sure to check into those connections.

I think many of these gun control bills are just knee jerk. Autos kill more people than guns. And controls won’t work with real felons. They’ll just get their weapons off the back of a truck or trunk of a car illegally.

I think people should be able to own guns though I don’t own any myself. But there should be support to make sure to gun ownership is safe.

19 Zeek February 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

What a fitting end to a career in politics. Why does every dumb ass politician have to jump on this band wagon? I’ll match the $150 from the Jerk of Knee.

20 clonpet February 23, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Does DeSauliner know what is said about him, sone needs to send his all the comments. This needs to go at the next election, biometric hand guns… so if you have one of these guns people with the system on there gun can still shoot someone… what an idiot

21 jj February 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

i agree with the theorist

22 ... February 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

What is a law maker if he/she is not making laws?

Can’t we trade in all these law makers for some law enforcement?

23 Darwin February 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

waste of time and money

24 Starfish February 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Gun control is the hottest ticket in the US. All politicians will jump on this bandwagon. They want to get re-elected.

25 dinkydau February 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

What the hell are bimetric handguns? They dont exsist! All these political people are doing is giving lip service. They dont really give a crap. They want to look strong. They want to get re-elected.
What about all the people that get killed or shot in Oakland on a weekly basis. Tell this guy to introduce a bill to fun more money for help people with mental health issues. They dont want to do that they want to divert the money somewhere else.
What a bunch of crap.!! I voted for him, Obama and Feinstein but not anymore!!

26 Rob February 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Sounds reasonable to me – if you can’t seem to keep track of your gun then you probably shouldn’t own one – its not like losing a pencil…

Seriously – who wouldn’t know if their gun has been stolen?

27 anon February 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Just 2 days ago, another MDUSD student was caught with a gun. That’s 4 gun’s that I know of at school. What is the school district doing about this? Nothing. How much would it take to put in a metal detector like they have in courts and airports?

28 anon February 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

What does reporting your gun stolen going to do? I can’t figure out what that would change.

29 Paul February 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

So where do I go to oppose these bills? Should I just send ANOTHER letter and Call for the 23rd time??? Come on people, fight back!

30 J. February 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM

The Bio-Metric requirement seems problematic; how does a husband and wife share a weapon? What about going to the range? Does everybody have to BYOG?

31 Bob H. February 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

How sad that this is one of the only people that We can elect to represent us. Our country is being destroyed and all he can do is babble on about something that makes no sense. Suicides are committed by people wanting to commit suicide. If they do not have a gun, they will find another way. I say close down the Golden Gate Bridge. Report a stolen gun immediately. DUH !!
We are going down the tubes and this kind of representation is why!

32 Atticus Thraxx February 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Paul, Here’s how to contact the Senator: http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact
I have no problem whatsoever requiring people to report lost or stolen weapons. Hard to believe that wasn’t already the law.
But the SB293 will effectively end handgun sales in California as there is no owner authorized safety system on the market other than magnetic. And they likely won’t qualify because all you need is a magnet to defeat.

33 Dr. Jellyfinger February 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I’d like to propose mandatory drug testing for State Senators.

34 Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

All this is is a back door way to ban handguns or Mark is getting paid off by the people that make biometric stuff,whoever they are.He might want to see what the Supreme ct said about accessible handguns.not that he would care.

I can not think of a dumber legislator then Desaulnier, but he does have competition.

35 @ anon 28 February 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Yea there’s a part missing that he couldn’t put on there. It should be if you don’t report it you’re crimially responsible for the crimes tied to your gun. If you report it you’re not. Simple.

36 Anon February 23, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Thank God most of the posters here see the flaws in this legislation. Of course the first being yet again law abiding gun owners are the target of these news laws. Don’t go after criminals that would be too hard. Please write to your representatives and tell them to vote NO on these poor pieces of legislation.

37 Em Dubya February 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

If we had a biometric sensor in the knife handle of the knife used by the crazy guy who stabbed and killed the gentleman at the Clayton post office a few years ago, that senseless act could have been prevented.

38 Anon February 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Here is how I just expressed my opinion to my local elected officials. I’d suggest those who feel like your rights are being slowly taken away do the same:

http://www.capwiz.com/nra/state/main/?state=CA&view=myofficials

39 @ anon 13 February 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

So, if somebody steals your car, it’s your fault? It must be, because you didn’t secure it. If they then use it to ram through the front window of a Verizon store and steal a bunch of phones, YOU should go to jail for the burglary.

Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

40 Dennis February 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

@anon #13
and as burglars will tell you, if they rip off your home it is YOUR FAULT because your locks weren’t strong enough and your security system wasn’t secure enough.

yessir, blame the victim, instead of the criminal.

and ‘biometrics’ are smoke and mirrors. they do not exist. And what of the 300m guns already owned? are the violent criminals going to replace theirs with biometric guns?

90% of violent crime is committed by ex felons. only 1 in 12 is ever convicted for their crimes. so when a criminal commits a crime with a stolen gun, is it the owner who lost the gun, or the violent criminal, which will occupy that jail cell?

suicide? leading cause is abuse of prescription pharmaceuticals, regardless of the tool that does the deed.

yet, like enforcing the laws for violent criminals, laws covering prescription parmaceuticals are doing nothing to lessen the problem. Shoudn’t they be locked up? shouldn’t those pill bottles have biometric locks? shouldn’t the owner go to jail if he doesn’t report as stolen each pill pilfered by the kiddies?

these bills are simply an attack on lawful citizens who refuse to be victimized by violent criminals. all the political rhetoric is just smoke and mirrors – or smog – to hide that central truth from the voters.

hey Mark! How about showing us how well these biometric guns work? You vs a rabid wolf, and you bet your life on the biometric lock on your gun. what? you refuse? hey, try waiving your LAW in the face of the rabid wolf! maybe the breeze will discourage him.

the papers he should be submitting are those for his retirement and/or resignation.

41 Anon February 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

OK to all of you who say biometric safety is just fine consider this, if you have an open mind. Family of four, father is the registered owner of a hand gun who is out when a home is broken into to, The family is defenseless unless they have purchased three additional firearms, assuming everyone is 18 or older. As well sorry to say it, but our minor children will no longer be able to define themselves in the home if this passes. Now I am sure your left wing not jobs will say children should never handle fire arms. To which I say any parent who is a gun owner should take the time to train their children on how to handle a gun. Specifically so that child will be able to define themselves if the need arises. Shame on Senator DeSaulnier, Shame!

42 Anon February 23, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Now to this reporting legislation. What happens if a person is injured as the result of a robbery. Maybe even ends up in a coma. Is there any part of the law protects that individual from being guilty of something they couldn’t possible have done. Come on people, think about this. You are allowing your elected officials pass laws to control more and more of your life’s. Without any requirement for them to tell us, and in some cases without them even knowing what the legislation is that they are passing, we could be guilty of a crime right now by read or writing in this blog.

43 Anon February 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Thanks #39, well said.

44 Chuckie the Troll February 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

First, I want to see a law where politicians convicted of a felony while in office get a mandatory 20 years to life in prison. Next, I want the death penalty for politicians who are proven to have lied to their constituents while in office. And finally, I want the net worth of politicians to be no more than what it was before they entered office.

When that happens, I’m willing to hear arguments about adding more gun laws to the books.

45 Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

In England ,where there are virtually no handguns, 42 %of burglaries are in occupied homes. In the US it’s 12% . The reason,according to 2000 felons interviewed in the US ,is fear of armed homeowners.

Wonder why lots of folks oppose any new firearms regulations? It’s idiotic laws like DeSaulnier is proposing. The proposed federal legislation is just the beginning. Radicals like Desaulnier are always waiting in the wings.

46 Rich C. February 23, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Guess that Mark was watching one of the Bond movies where Q gave him a gun that was “biometricallly coded” for only Bond’s use. Pull your head out and shave that silly mustache…

47 Jerk February 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

#13 is an Adam Henry – I’m still clasping my forehead at their comment. They should run for office!

48 Jeff February 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Well – you suprise more by the day, markie mark.

I didn’t think you were THIS dumb. Just another useless law by just another useless career polutician. Intended to misspell that, btw.

49 Don't Censor Me Bro February 24, 2013 at 4:36 AM

Hoplophobia

50 Safety Second February 24, 2013 at 5:26 AM

DeSaulnier, like all leftists, defies his oath office “to protect and defend the constitution.” The man is no publics servant. He is an enemy of the American experience. He is a career politician who gets reelected by the ignorant masses. Y’all dumb ass voters deserve DeSaulnier, Miller, Boxer, etc.

51 @dennis 13 February 24, 2013 at 5:49 AM

Exactly. The fool with the gun did not secure it. It’s their fault it’s stolen. Take responsibility for your actions and quit blaming others for your incompetence

52 Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

To Mark: I guess you are in favor of requiring ID to vote too? Oh wait the far left is horrified by this idea so we know where you stand.

53 Paul February 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Thank you Atticus. I guess they don’t respond to the snail mail anymore. I went ahead and fired off 200 characters. I hope they realize what they are up against. For those of you who want to write him http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact. Be sure to let him know you will not vote for a person who doesn’t vote for us!

54 lg February 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

This is not gun control. This is called people control. The only problem is that they`re trying to control law abiding citizens. Criminals will always have their guns.

55 lg February 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

And, I`m in for the 150!!!!

56 anon February 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

DeSaulnier said. “I understand that people think it’s elitist, that it’s something we’re taking advantage of — and I guess I enjoy the trips. But this makes me a better person, more knowledgeable about the global economy we live in.”

Above says it all

He could not even keep his own son from parking on the wrong side of the street–how can he make real laws ??

I saw him at ARCO next to Costco–he was not even driving an American car

57 Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

When his his next town meeting? Will he be sober this time?

58 Will Robinson February 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

DeSaulnier’s next proposal is to have a time machine built so that we can send policemen to the past to arrest people before they can commit their crimes.

59 Howard K. Mullins III February 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Mark is in line to take over for Boxer.

60 Kirk February 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

One of the oldest ideas by the liberals has been to make guns so expensive only their security details will be able to afford them. Biometrics is a joke, hillary brings it up ever other year which is why mark thought it was a safe card to play.

61 Patricia February 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

When the politicians get into a matter, it REALLY gets screwed up! Get your hands off my guns!!

62 Really? February 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The CCT this morning ran an article saying that the senator visited Moscow, London, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong last year.
Did his office put out press releases on these trips? If not, why? They put out every press release they can that makes the senator look like such a great guy. If these trips were such a good idea, why keep them under the radar? Perhaps not so proud of it? Too tough to put a good spin on it? Too difficult to explain to the stupid public?
Or did they put out press releases on the trips, but they just didn’t show up on Claycord? Somehow I doubt this, but you never know.

The hubris of the senator is off the charts.

63 Rickm February 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Mark has been totally swayed by cali PC politics rather than representing the people who trusted and elected him. Look what he and the other dems have done to the Cali economy. Let’s just allow him to be in charge of our whole society like he desires. Where did the old mark go? Money rules

64 Daniel February 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

And this is why the NRA exists, without their legal challenges this d-bag could do anything he wants. Even if they pass this nonsense it will not stand in court.

If you own a gun and are not a member, you won’t be an owner for much longer. As it stands your grandchildren WILL NOT be gun owners. The NRA is the reason you can own a gun now.

Are the perfect? No. But name another group that has the power and might to shut hillary’s gigantic yap. Name another group that can make obama do a poser gun enthusiast photo op. They are the only lobby that the liberals are afraid of!

Stand now or let you kids crawl later.

65 Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Look Mark !
A wind mill
Will you tilt it?

66 Really? February 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

To be fair, I think someone needs to let go of the “son parking on the wrong side of the street” oft said comment. It’s starting to sound like the Church Lady on SNL.

67 Amy February 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I think Mr. DeSalinier should have kept the bar and stayed out of politics. He now looks like all the other loosers who make stupid laws. How hard is it to understand that criminals abuse guns not responsible gun owners?
He would be more popular if he protected our 2nd Amendment rights.

68 Newhallian February 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

typical democrat.. not addressing the REAL problem which is bad people using things for malicious intent.

the bills will fail because they are stupid and do NOTHING to prevent bad people from using firearms for the intent upon which they choose, which is to harm the innocent.

69 Jeff February 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Did I mention DeSaulnier is an idiot?

Way to go, California voters! How’s that “hope and change” working out for you?

70 I've got it! February 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I’ve figured out a way to keep my gun secure when I’m not at home. I’ll just carry it with me at all times. There you go, Marky Mark. If you want to do something that might actually reduce gun theft, Introduce a bill to make California a “shall issue” state.

71 Elwood February 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Gee, this whole thread is a love in for Marky Mark.

Richly deserved.

I wonder if he or any member of his staff ever look at Claycord?

If they do, they just shrug it off because they know God is on their side!

72 Fed up February 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

#22 Pls run next election. I would vote for you. Of course, I already vote for anyone running against the incumbent. A lot of good it does me.
Pls enforce the laws already on the books. It already is a law that felons can’t own guns. So, why does ever felon have one?

73 cheetabob1 February 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

what a ass !!!!!!!!!!. save the world mark. p.s. you suck.

74 Dennis February 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

aimed at reducing gun related suicides?
maybe Marky should introduce a bill making owners of prescription parmaceuticals responsible for the suicides they cause? report them stolen, or go to prison! hell yeah!
—————————-

Drug overdose deaths up for 11th consecutive year

Published February 20, 2013 | Associated Press

Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

“The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which gathered and analyzed the data.

In 2010, the CDC reported, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide. Medicines, mostly prescription drugs, were involved in nearly 60 percent of overdose deaths that year, overshadowing deaths from illicit narcotics.

The report appears in Tuesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

It details which drugs were at play in most of the fatalities. As in previous recent years, opioid drugs – which include OxyContin and Vicodin – were the biggest problem, contributing to 3 out of 4 medication overdose deaths.

Frieden said many doctors and patients don’t realize how addictive these drugs can be, and that they’re too often prescribed for pain that can be managed with less risky drugs.

They’re useful for cancer, “but if you’ve got terrible back pain or terrible migraines,” using these addictive drugs can be dangerous, he said.

Medication-related deaths accounted for 22,134 of the drug overdose deaths in 2010.

Anti-anxiety drugs including Valium were among common causes of medication-related deaths, involved in almost 30 percent of them. Among the medication-related deaths, 17 percent were suicides.

The report’s data came from death certificates, which aren’t always clear on whether a death was a suicide or a tragic attempt at getting high. But it does seem like most serious painkiller overdoses were accidental, said Dr. Rich Zane, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The study’s findings are no surprise, he added. “The results are consistent with what we experience” in ERs, he said, adding that the statistics no doubt have gotten worse since 2010.

Some experts believe these deaths will level off. “Right now, there’s a general belief that because these are pharmaceutical drugs, they’re safer than street drugs like heroin,” said Don Des Jarlais, director of the chemical dependency institute at New York City’s Beth Israel Medical Center.

“But at some point, people using these drugs are going to become more aware of the dangers,” he said.

Frieden said the data show a need for more prescription drug monitoring programs at the state level, and more laws shutting down “pill mills” – doctor offices and pharmacies that over-prescribe addictive medicines.

Last month, a federal panel of drug safety specialists recommended that Vicodin and dozens of other medicines be subjected to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine. Meanwhile, more and more hospitals have been establishing tougher restrictions on painkiller prescriptions and refills.

One example: The University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora is considering a rule that would ban emergency doctors from prescribing more medicine for patients who say they lost their pain meds, Zane said.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/20/drug-overdose-deaths-up-for-11th-consecutive-year/

75 Bubba February 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

What a maroon!

76 Anon February 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

@dennis 13 #51

Read post #39. Then realize you can’t apply fair to one thing and not another, that is… not fair.

77 Anon February 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Mark, shouldn’t you be more concerned about setting up another pet-project bureaucratic oversight commission to spend lots of money determining if lots of money is being spent on a bridge oversight bureaucratic agency? Stop wasting taxpayer money and infringing our Constitutional rights.

78 Chris February 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM

We have no one to blame but ourselves. DeSaulnier and every other gun grabbing politician in this State and Nation need to be shown the door. These career panderers are not interested in protecting freedoms and liberties, all they care about is how to increase their political power over us so that they can enrich their friends and cronies. It’s well known that law abiding tax paying citizens are not the problem here, that we’re not the ones commiting the crimes and yet we’re the ones being singled out with new over reaching laws and restrictions. They are trying to turn us all into criminals so that they can increase their control over us. This is all about people control and the people need to start fighting back.

79 DoReMi February 25, 2013 at 7:59 AM

@ #72 Fed Up: Yes, please enforce the laws already on the books. Each law costs the state more money for upkeep and not ot mention the utter confusion with thousands of laws already on the books. Keep it simple stupid.

80 commoncents February 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I agree with all the yahoo’s up above – let us have rocket launchers!!!

81 Mr. Bassman February 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Can skidMark show us even one unbiased study showing that there is evidence of suicidal persons seeking out illegal guns to use on themselves? I really doubt it. This is another great example of progressive thinking: create a problem, offer a solution to the problem, take credit for solving the problem you created. Idiot.

As to biometric sensors, not going to happen. One: too expensive. Two: what tech out there in the real world can’t or hasn’t been “hacked?” Imagine owning a gun equipped with this sensor, only to find out at the worst possible moment that the guys who just kicked in your front door are using the latest available download of jamming technology that disables your means of self defense. Sound crazy? Hackers do it all the time to people’s lap top computers; while sitting at your favorite coffee house, checking your email, maybe paying some bills online, someone just bypassed your firewall “if you have one” and is watching everything on your computer screen while enjoying a latte.

This idiot politician, and others who violate their oath to support and defend the constitution, need to be thrown out of office and barred from ever holding another public office for life. Tar and feathers optional.

82 Mr. Bassman February 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I meant to say “watching everything on your computer screen from their own lap top while enjoying a latte.”

83 Travis Bickle February 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I sure hope commoncents never gets tired of going to the rocket launcher comment. Not only is it slap-knee hilarious, it’s relevance is everlasting.

84 commoncents February 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

nope never get tired of annoying the gun-toting yahoo’s on here…

85 Claycordian February 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Dear Mark -

What part of “the right of the citizens to bear arms shall not be infringed” don’t you understand.

When we all have to register the guns that we already own, the government will know exactly where to go to collect them.

86 Travis Bickle February 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Glad to hear it. Your entertainment value has gone through the roof, sweetie.

87 Anon February 25, 2013 at 9:40 PM

@commoncents

funt

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