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Harm Reduction Substance Use Disorders

concerning the identification of certain individuals with a substance use disorder; and making an appropriation.
2019 Regular Session
Public Health
Bill Summary

The bill:

  • Allows school districts and nonpublic schools to develop policies by which schools are authorized to obtain a supply of opiate antagonists and school employees are trained to administer opiate antagonists to individuals at risk of experiencing a drug overdose ( sections 1 through 7 of the bill);
  • Removes from the definition of "drug paraphernalia" equipment, products, and materials used in testing or analyzing a controlled substance ( section 8 );
  • Specifies that a licensed or certified hospital may be used as a clean syringe exchange site ( section 9 );
  • Creates the opiate antagonist bulk purchase fund to facilitate bulk purchasing of opiate antagonists at a discounted price ( section 10 );
  • Expands the household medication take-back program in the department of public health and environment for the purpose of allowing the safe collection and disposal of needles, syringes, and other devices used to inject medication ( section 11 );
  • Authorizes a public person or entity that makes an automated external defibrilator available to the public to also make an opiate antagonist available to the public ( sections 2 through 7 and 12 );
  • Requires the department of health care policy and financing to establish a policy on how a substance use disorder treatment program must verify the identity of individuals initiating into detoxification, withdrawal, or maintenance treatment for a substance use disorder ( section 13 );
  • Makes conforming amendments necessary to harmonize the bill with the title 12 recodification bill, House Bill 19-1172 ( sections 14 and 15 ); and
  • Appropriates $659,472 to the department of public health and environment to implement the bill.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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