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A California Appeals Court On Friday Reinstated a Law Allowing Terminally Ill Patients to End Their Lives

The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal allows the controversial law known as the End of Life Option Act to remain in effect, giving patients who have less than six months to live access to lethal medications from their doctors.

Facing Addiction in America: New Surgeon General's Report Could be another Landmark

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, issued a landmark report, "Facing Addiction in America," early Thursday highlighting the scope of the nation's drug and alcohol problem, examining the science, and demanding an evidence-based, integrated public health response. An informed look at the new Surgeon General's report will appear in the January/February edition of San Francisco Medicine; for now, this MedPage story contains a good analysis and links to the report itself:

Letter from Surgeon General on Opioid Epidemic

View an advance copy of a letter from the Surgeon General on the opioid epidemic. SFMS urges physicians to respond to the Surgeon General's call to action on safe prescribing education, access to treatment for opioid use disorder, and compassionate care without stigma.