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Harm Reduction Substance Use Disorders

Concerning the use of measures that do not involve schedule I controlled substances to reduce the harm caused by substance use disorders.
2020 Regular Session
Public Health
Bill Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee. The bill:

  • Requires a carrier that provides coverage for opiate antagonists to reimburse a hospital if the hospital provides a covered person with an opiate antagonist upon discharge ( section 1 of the bill);
  • Requires a pharmacist who dispenses a prescription for an opios to notifify the individual to whom the opioid is being dispensed about the availabitlity of an opiate antagonist ( sections 2 and 8 );
  • Allows a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to sell a nonprescription syringe or needle to any person ( sections 2 and 5 3 and 6 );
  • Extends civil and criminal immunity for a person who acts in good faith to furnish or administer an opiate antagonist to an individual the person believes to be suffering an opiate-related drug overdose when the opiate antagonist was expired ( sections 3 and 4 4 and 5 ); and
  • Removes the requirement that entities first receive local board of health approval before operating Allows a nonprofit organization to operate a clean syringe exchange program without local board of health approval ( sections 6 and section 7 ); and
  • Provides that money in the harm reduction grant program cash fund is continuously appropriated to the department of public health and environment for purposes of the harm reduction grant program and establishes an annual appropriation of an amount equal to the appropriation for the 2019-20 fiscal year plus $250,000 ( section 8 ).

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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