Mark’s Bill to Curb Fraudulent Prescriptions Signed into Law as Part of Bipartisan, Bicameral Opioid Package

October 29, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest


During the month of October, we have been busy hosting events across the district and meeting with local residents. A snapshot of our work throughout Contra Costa and in Washington, DC is below.


Legislation to Curb Fraudulent Prescriptions Signed into Law as Part of Bipartisan, Bicameral Opioid Package

Bipartisan legislation Mark authored with Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA), the only pharmacist in Congress, to empower pharmacists to fully exercise their right to deny suspected fraudulent prescriptions was signed into law as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). This comprehensive package will address the growing opioid epidemic. In the last 20 years the opioid prescribing rate has increased by 56 percent, bringing the risk of forged, fraudulent, or altered prescriptions to new heights. Too often these deadly drugs end up in the wrong hands. By empowering pharmacists to fully exercise their right to deny suspected fraudulent prescriptions we can help save lives and begin addressing this crisis head on. To learn more about our bill, click here.


Honoring Local Veterans for Promoting Peace and Serving during the Korean War

Mark joined his fellow Bay Area colleagues to recognize 99 veterans from Contra Costa who served during the Korean War and took part in the United Nations peacekeeping mission during and after the war. Although those honored served 65 years ago, their role in promoting peace and fighting aggression in the "Forgotten War" must always be remembered. We owe them and their families a debt of gratitude.

Touring the SS Red Oak Victory

Mark toured the SS Red Oak Victory in Richmond-the last surviving ship built at the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards during World War II. The SS Red Oak Victory was preserved to serve as a museum ship, and is now part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

Hosting 74th Town Hall in Richmond

Mark hosted his 74th town hall and mobile district office hour in Richmond since coming to Congress less than four years ago. Meeting local residents in their communities to hear directly about their concerns and opinions is among Mark's top priorities. If you were unable to attend our most recent town hall you can watch it on our Facebook page, by clicking here.

Visiting Students at Greenbrook Elementary

Mark visited 5th grade students at Greenbrook Elementary to share what his job is like in Washington, DC, take their questions, and talk about our nation's history.


California Congress members react to ongoing pipe bomb scare

Mark joined ABC7 News Bay Area to discuss the unacceptable threats of violence from pipe bombs against elected officials, members of the media, and individual Americans. Click the image below to watch.


Hearing directly from you not only informs my work in Congress, but also is my favorite part of being your Representative. To share your opinions with me you can either email me or take our survey.

Below are some of the top issues you shared with me over the last week:

  • 95 constituents agreed with me that we should put an end to the Trump Administration's efforts to expand offshore drilling and endanger our environment and animal species.
  • 34 constituents wrote to share their support for the Truth-In-Billing Remedies and User Empowerment (TRUE) Over Fees Act (H.R. 6987), which would advocate for consumers by requiring all television, internet, and voice service providers to advertise prices with all fees and charges included.


Letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting an explanation of why the Department of Education is rejecting the majority of Public Service Loan Forgiveness applicants

Two letters calling on the Administration and State Attorneys General to stop attacks and defend pre-existing condition protections for all Americans

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress