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On Nov. 4, we all have an opportunity to make California safer for everyone by voting "Yes" on Proposition 46. Here are the facts and other information you might find helpful. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact us. Thank you!

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Action Alert: Vote “Yes” on Prop 46

Make California Safer for Family, Friends, Future Generations

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Faces behind Prop 46, clockwise from top left: Dr. Stephen Loyd, Alana Pack, Mia Chavez and Troy Pack.

 Simply put, Proposition 46 will save lives.

Not so sure? Just ask Dr. Stephen Loyd, a physician calling for mandatory drug testing of all doctors after revealing that he himself was one of an estimated 100,000 health care workers battling drug problems. Or ask Bob Pack, the father of two Danville children killed by a woman stoned on vodka and overprescribed painkillers when she lost control of her car. And don’t forget Mia Chavez, just 6 months old when she died after several doctors failed to diagnose her whooping cough, even though Los Angeles County was in the midst of an outbreak.

These are just a few of the stories and faces behind Proposition 46, the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act. And You Should Know why we hope you will vote “Yes” on Nov. 4.  Learn more.  >>>

BY THE NUMBERS /

100,000
On Drugs

More than 100,000 doctors and other health care workers throughout the nation are abusing or dependent on prescription drugs, including as many as 2,500 here in California.

118%
Increase

Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have risen steadily in the U.S. since 1992, jumping 118 percent from 1999 to 2011 alone. The tally in Southern California was 3,733 from 2006 to 2011, nearly half from prescriptions the victim obtained from a doctor.

440,000
Deaths

Preventable medical errors kill between 210,000 and 440,000 people every year, making them the nation’s third leading cause of death after only cancer and heart disease.

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Is Your Doctor Stoned? TODAY Investigation

NBC TODAY uncovers the serious harm done by some of the nation's 100,000 health care workers addicted to drugs or alcohol. Dr. Stephen Loyd also tells his story of taking nearly 100 painkillers a day while seeing patients. View video.

Father Leads Charge for Passage of Prop 46

Bob Pack is hoping the provisions of Prop 46 will help prevent overprescribing the kind of dangerous pain killers that a woman was taking when she ran off the road and killed his two children, Troy and Alana. View video.

Mother Wants Justice for Only Daughter

Several doctors failed to treat 6-month-old Mia Chavez for whooping cough, despite the fact that Los Angeles County was in the midst of an outbreak. Her mother hopes changes in the law will improve patient safety. View video.

Where Do You Stand?

The malpractice insurance industry is footing most of the $60 million tab for a statewide media blitz distorting the truth about Proposition 46. But all that really matters is what you think.

Tell us

We Should Be Drug Tested,
Says Doctor

“I worked impaired every day,” said Dr. Stephen Loyd. “Looking back, it scares me to death. But my patients never knew.”

Listen now

Paid for by Yes on Prop. 46, Your Neighbors for Patient Safety, a Coalition of Consumer Attorneys and Patient Safety Advocates - major funding by Consumer Attorneys of California Issues and Initiative Defense Political Action Committees and Kabateck, Brown, Kellner, LLP.
 
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