A statewide prescription drug monitoring database is not scheduled to be certified by the California Department of Justice until July. California Senate Bill 482, passed in 2016, requires physicians to check the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing opioids and other controlled substances to a patient for the first time and at least once every four months thereafter. SB 482 takes effect six months after the state certifies the database is ready. In 2016, Alameda County had around 507 opioid prescriptions per 1,000 residents and Contra Costa County had around 671. For more information, go to http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article199444229.html.