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DeSaulnier calls for investigation into Purdue Pharma and overprescribing of opioid painkillers

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Ted Lieu (CA-33) called on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to initiate an immediate investigation into the egregious overprescribing of opioid prescription painkillers and the inaction of Purdue Pharma and other pharmaceutical companies that may be aware of inappropriate opioid distribution by bad actors.

Recent reports by the Los Angeles Times exposed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyCotin, collected extensive evidence on the overprescribing and illegal trafficking of the substance for more than a decade, yet the company failed to notify the appropriate federal and state authorities. During the course of their inaction, sales of OxyCotin at some pharmacies increased by over 1400 percent. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and simultaneously so have sales of these prescription drugs.

“Despite receiving evidence from pharmacists and its own employees regarding suspected criminal trafficking of opioids, Purdue Pharma reportedly refused to take action and continued to engage in irresponsible practices that may have violated the law. In California, I was a leader in the fight to improve the state prescription drug monitoring program to prevent overprescribing by physicians and doctor shopping. Congress has a responsibility to investigate pharmaceutical companies that work around these reporting systems, ignore reports of illegal activity, disregard patient safety for the sake of profits, and endanger the public health,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

“I am troubled to learn of Purdue Pharma’s inappropriate opioid distribution practices. Reports indicating Purdue Pharma knowingly disregarded evidence of criminal drug trafficking of its drug reveals the company’s clear negligence for patient safety, medical ethics, and legal responsibilities all for the sake of profit. The fact that the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic is cause for serious concern and we must hold those responsible accountable. As a member of the House Oversight Committee, I urge the Committee to initiate an investigation into this matter,” said Congressman Ted Lieu.

Click here to read a full copy of the letter sent to Chairman Jason Chaffetz.

To read complete coverage of Purdue Pharma by the Los Angeles Times click here.

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New City Sports Club in Antioch to hold Grand Opening, Sat., April 30

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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Rep. McNerney applauds Grand Opening of new Antioch Health Center

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Antioch, CA – On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) applauded the grand opening of the new Antioch Health Center, a facility that will allow Contra Costa Health Services to meet the growing demand for health care services in the East County region. The Congressman also had the chance to tour the new facility that includes nearly double the number of exam rooms as the health center’s previous location on Lone Tree Way.

“This is a great day for the people of Antioch, the greater Contra Costa region, and our Ninth Congressional District,” said McNerney. “I believe that access to quality health care is an important building block that helps our community prosper and grow. This new Antioch Health Center is larger, with the capacity to provide medical care to more patients seeking care. I am confident that this health center will help improve community health and be a valuable resource that will serve people for years to come.”

According to Contra Costa Health Services, the new Antioch Health Center will integrate behavioral care and physical health care to better address the needs of its patients.

“As Health Director of Contra Costa Health Services, I am grateful for the opening of this new Health Center which will expand access to health care in East County,” said Dr. William Walker, Director of Contra Costa Health Services. “I am particularly proud of the opportunity for further integration of physical and behavioral health services, so necessary for truly addressing the needs of our patients.”

The new Antioch Health Center will have 20 medical exam rooms and two group rooms – twice the number of exam rooms at the center’s old facility. The Antioch Health Center manages over a thousand visits each week.

Congressman Jerry McNerney represents California’s 9th Congressional District which includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties including most of Antioch. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.

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Antioch’s Max Muscle invites you to participate in the Northern California Family Fitness Challenge

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

MaxMuscle ChallengeFor more information or to learn about Max Muscle’s Custom Meal Planning Services call (925) 757-MAXX (6299) or visit their location at 5887 Lone Tree Way in Antioch.

 

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Rep. McNerney to host Obamacare enrollment event in Brentwood, Saturday

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Ahead of the January 31st deadline to sign-up for health care coverage, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) will host a free enrollment event in coordination with Covered California. Constituents will be able to sign-up for health care coverage or make changes to an existing plan. Staff members will be on site to walk constituents through the enrollment process and answer questions. The event is free to the public.

What:  Health Care Coverage Enrollment Event

Rep. McNerney will host a free enrollment event in coordination with Covered California to assist constituents who need to sign-up for health care coverage or make changes to existing plans.

When:  Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street,  Brentwood

To ensure successful enrollment, attendees should bring the following items with them:

•          California ID or Driver’s License

•          Legal Resident Card or a Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization Documentation

•          Proof of Current Income

•          Birthdates, Social Security Numbers, and Home Zip Codes for each applicant

For further information on the process of enrolling for health care, visit: www.coveredca.com.

McNerney represents California’s 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes most of Antioch and other portions of Eastern Contra Costa County, as well as portions of San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.

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Results of the annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health at Contra Loma in Antioch, on Saturday

Monday, December 14th, 2015
Runners begin the 10K race at the annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Runners begin the 10K race at the annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Following are the winners of the three races run at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch, as part of the annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Delta and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, on Saturday, December 12, 2015:

Runners in the 1-Mile Run/Walk prepare to start their race.

Runners in the 1-Mile Run/Walk prepare to start their race.

1-Mile Run/Walk Winners

Overall and Top Male – Eben Zaragoza, age 10, of Antioch, with a time of 7:29

Top Female – Riley MacPherson, age 10, of Brentwood, with a time of 7:36

3-Mile Run/Walk Winners

Overall and Top Male – Marcus Dawal, Jr., age 15 of Brentwood, with a time of 18:29

Top Female – Madison MacPherson, age 15, of Brentwood and a sophomore at Liberty  High School, with a time of 20:01

Assistant Coach for the Antioch High School Cross Country team, William Berger, age 29, placed first in his age division and second overall, with a time of 18:30, providing a good example for his team.

The 3-Mile Run/Walk competitors and participants start the race.

The 3-Mile Run/Walk competitors and participants start the race.

10K Run/Walk Winners

Overall and Top Male – Brian Mohrlant, age 35 of Napa, with a time of 42:18

Top Female – Roxanna Aranda, age 53 of Antioch, with a time of 53:04

See all race results by clicking here. For more information about the Holiday Run, visit www.holidayrun.org and for more information about the Kiwanis Club of the Delta, visit www.delta-antioch.kiwanisone.org.

 

Antioch High Assistant Cross Country coach William Berger crosses the finish line second in the 3-Mile race, and first in his age division.

Antioch High Assistant Cross Country coach William Berger crosses the finish line second in the 3-Mile race, and first in his age division.

Top female in the 3-Mile Run/Walk, Madison MacPherson finishes her race.

Top female in the 3-Mile Run/Walk, Madison MacPherson finishes her race.

 

Overall 10K Run winner Brian Mohrlant crosses the finish line after picking up his daughter near the end of the race.

Overall 10K Run winner Brian Mohrlant crosses the finish line after picking up his daughter near the end of the race.

Top female winner in the 10K Run, Roxanna Aranda, finishes the race.

Top female winner in the 10K Run, Roxanna Aranda, finishes the race.

Glenn Moffatt of Antioch, displays his ribbon, after placing first in the 10K race in his age division.

Glenn Moffatt of Antioch, displays his ribbon, after placing first in the 10K race in his age division.

Three "ballerinas" who are teachers at Mno Grant Elementary cross the finish line together in the 3-Mile Run/Walk.

Three “ballerinas”, Heather Werkheiser, Veronica Dyson and Shawna Lucey, all teachers at Mno Grant Elementary cross the finish line together in the 3-Mile Run/Walk.

Mno Grant runners

The runners from Mno Grant Elementary in Antioch, including Principal Janeen Zuniga (back right in Santa hat) and her husband , to her right, Jesse Zuniga, after their race.

Lucas Stuart-Chilcote, wearing his Antioch High Varsity Cross Country team shirt.

Lucas Stuart-Chilcote, wearing his Antioch High Varsity Cross Country team shirt.

 

Lucas Stuart-Chilcote, who placed 7th in his age division and 15th overall in the 10K race, displays his participant's ribbon.

Lucas Stuart-Chilcote, who placed 7th in his age division and 15th overall in the 10K race, displays his participant’s ribbon.

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Last minute opportunity to participate in Color Run & Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser at Dozier-Libbey, Friday afternoon

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Color RunCOLOR RUN / Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser

Friday, October 16, 2015 3:30 -4:30 p.m.

Dozier-Libbey Medical High School Parking Lot

  • $10.00 entry fee students $20.00 entry fee adults
  • Students must complete and return permission slip
  • Make and wear your own tutu (optional)
  • Put a memento of a loved one on our table of remembrance (are you walking for someone?)
  • Decorate your own t-shirt (date TBA)
  • Get splashed with color every few laps. The more color the better.
  • All profits will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Awareness alone isn’t a cure, women need to get regular mammograms

To participate, download the entry form, by clicking here: COLOR RUN Entry form

 

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New Antioch dentist takes over 28-year-old practice, offers one-stop service

Sunday, September 6th, 2015
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Dr. Mona Sidhu, center, and the Smile Line Dentistry staff.

After practicing dentistry for more than 28 years in Antioch, Dr. David Campos retired in May, 2014 and sold his practice to Dr. Mona Sidhu, because they both share the same values and philosophy of providing quality dentistry and ultimate patient comfort.

The practice, now known as Smile Line Dentistry, has gone through some upgrades since the transition to provide patients with the latest in technology. The he addition of digital x-rays and intra oral cameras not only provide a better, clear diagnostic tool, but also minimizes radiation exposure to the patient. It also allows patients to be a part of the dental exam and see exactly what the dentist sees. Soft tissue laser is also available for minor gum surgeries or correction on tongue tie. The practice focuses on patient education and overall health, with the mouth being the doorway to the body.

To enhance patient comfort, the office also offers nitrous oxide, and TV’s in the treatment room.

Dr. Sidhu treating one of her young patients.

Dr. Sidhu treating one of her young patients.

We are dedicated to a comprehensive approach to dentistry, considering both the functional and esthetic aspects of your smile,” Dr. Sidhu said. “We know you will immediately notice the difference in the way you are treated.”

Smile Line is equipped to see patients of all ages, as young as two-years-old, and most procedures can be done at their office, instead of being referred out. Their wide range of excellent, dental care services include cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral cancer detection, bleaching, bonding, crowns, bridges, dentures and veneers. Plus, they are a preferred provider for Invisalign (clear braces).

So, it’s like a one-stop shop for your family’s dentistry needs and that pleases their patients.

I’m so happy I found this dentist. I love the whole staff. They made me feel so welcome and comfortable, making it easier to want to come back” said Erin C.

I’m so happy with Dr. Sidhu. The follow through is what impressed me the most,” Cyrina Q. said.

Dr. Sidhu is an accomplished dentist with more than 10 years’ experience. She passed her California dental license exam from the University of Southern California and has been through several post graduate courses in various fields of dentistry since receiving her BDS, DDS degree.

As much as Dr. Sidhu is concerned with oral health, she is equally committed to her patients’ emotional well-being and overall health. She understands that dental examinations and treatments can be intimidating for some, and is dedicated to providing a relaxed experience that eases fears and apprehensions about visiting the dentist.

Dr. Sidhu’s approach to treatment begins with patiently listening to you. Then, after a complete and thorough examination, she reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you. Her commitment to her patients’ well-being extends to their emotional state as well.

I am proud to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort,” she said.. “It is my pleasure to address their questions and concerns.”

During her down time, Dr. Sidhu likes to cook, dance, read books and travel.

She is a member of the Alameda County Dental Society, California Dental Association, American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

To set an appointment, call 754-1650 and for more information visit their website at www.smilelinedentistry.com. Smile Line Dentistry is located at 3220 Lone Tree Way, Suite 102 in Antioch.

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