Assemblyman Brough Introduces Bill to Combat Patient Brokering

SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced AB 3129, which would increase the fine of patient brokering up to $10,000. 

"Drug and opioid overdoses are currently in the top 20 causes of death statewide and in Orange County, we see the toll this takes on the communities and lives affected by the opioid crisis," said Brough. "Unfortunately, there are bad actors who take advantage of this vulnerable population and get paid anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 for every patient they send to an unlicensed drug rehab facility." 

"Currently the fine that the Department of Health Care Services can enforce is $2,000, which is not nearly enough to deter patient brokering," said Brough. "My bill will increase the amount of the fine and stop these predators from harming people who truly need help." 

California has more than 2,000 licensed facilities and many more unregulated recovery homes according to the State Department of Health Care Services. 15% of these facilities are located in Orange County. For example, there are 83 licensed drug and alcohol treatment facilities and 95 unlicensed sober living homes in the city of Costa Mesa.