New laws will address prescription drug overdoses

A vial of unnamed prescription drugs.
A vial of unnamed prescription drugs.

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the California medical board but signed two other bills intended to address abuse of prescription drugs.

The Democratic governor said in a statement Friday that he vetoed SB62 over concerns that the state could be required to reimburse local governments for their reporting costs.

The two bills he signed into law were drafted in response to a Los Angeles Times investigation regarding deaths from prescription drug overdoses.

SB670 makes it easier for the state medical board to inspect medical records after a suspicious death. Another bill, SB809, imposes a $6 annual fee on certain medical providers to pay for California's prescription drug database.