(SACRAMENTO 5/11/2019) California State Assembly has passed AB 888, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) to ensure patients seeking treatment for pain are made aware of non-pharmacological therapies including ACUPUNCTURE, and provided an opportunity to request a referral for those treatments prior to filling a prescription for opioids.
CalATMA strongly supported AB 888 and sent representatives to testify before the Assembly. Rona Ma, President of California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Association (CalATMA), said, “CalATMA is proud to support AB 888, which would help fight opioid crisis by promoting evidence-based pain management alternatives, such as acupuncture.
“The introduction of AB 888 comes shortly after Assemblymember Low brought together acupuncturists from across the state, calling for the unification of our once fragmented profession. Clearly, Assemblymember Low has become a fierce advocate for both patients and the acupuncture profession. If Governor Jerry Brown is the ‘Father of California Acupuncture’ for legalization acupuncture, then Assemblymember Low is the ‘Uncle of California Acupuncture’ for his work expanding access to it, “ continued Ma.
Michael Fox, CalATMA Public Relations Chair, also pointed out that the efficacy of acupuncture for pain management is well-known, and it is recommended by the American College of Physicians as a first-line for lower-back pain.
AB 888 would ensure that patients receive clinical information about the advantages and concerns associated with opioids – as well as the availability of non-pharmacological options – directly from their health professional, allowing them to receive medically accurate advice that has been tailored to their specific treatment plan.
The bill, which now moves to the State Senate, also recognizes that as recognition of the need for non-pharmacological treatment availability continues to grow, California must continue to explore mechanisms for ensuring equal access to these evidence-based therapies.
Read the English press release from Assemblyman Low’s office here: Evan Low Press Release, English
Read the Chinese press release from Assemblyman Low’s office here: Evan Low Press Release, Chinese
Here’s the link to the article in the Chinese publication Sing Tao Daily USA: 鴉片類藥物法案 針灸界支持
Here’s the link to the article in US China Press: 针灸界支持处理鸦片类药物危机非药物治疗法案