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State Senate approves HOPE bills

Four bills designed to curb heroin and opiate abuse are headed to the Governor’s desk following their approval in the State Senate on Wednesday. The bills, which are part of Rep. John Nygren’s Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) Agenda, are:

  • Assembly Bill 364 (AB 364)—Relating to: reporting, disclosure, and practitioner review requirements under the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; and granting rule-making authority.
  • AB 365—Relating to: duty of law enforcement officers to report to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program controlled-substance violations, opioid-related drug overdoses or deaths, and reports of stolen prescription drugs.
  • AB 366—Relating to: pain clinic certification and requirements, granting rule-making authority and providing a penalty.
  • AB 367—Relating to: reporting by treatment programs using methadone and requiring review of prescription drug monitoring database.

The State Assembly passed the bills unanimously last week. Meanwhile, another round of HOPE Agenda bills is underway. One of those bills, 2015 Assembly Bill 660, allows the Medical Examining Board to issue controlled substance prescribing guidelines. Other bills include providing additional state funds for treatment programs (AB 657) and updating the state’s regulation of opioid treatment programs to better match federal requirements (AB 659). It is anticipated that these bills will receive swift passage before the legislature finishes its general business for the biennium in March.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs Department with any questions. Visit the Society’s Lobbying Tracker for information on these and other bills the Society is following.

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