senate Bill S6181

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires the department to draft guidelines for the transition of patients from substances with a high risk of addiction to those with a low risk

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Mar 12, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
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Jan 11, 2012 referred to health

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S6181 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9093
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3351-a, Pub Health L

S6181 - Bill Texts

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Requires the department to draft guidelines for the transition of patients from substances with a high risk of addiction to those with a low risk.

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BILL NUMBER:S6181

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to creating medicinal
guidelines to aid in the administration of prescription drugs to
patients with high risks of addiction

PURPOSE:
This bill requires the Department of Health to draft guidelines for
the transition of patients from substances with a high risk of
addiction to those with a low risk of addiction.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 defines the bill as Michael David Israel Addiction
Transition Law.

Section 2 directs the Department of Health to promulgate guidelines
for transitioning patients from high risk of addiction pain
management solutions to low risk of addiction pain management
solutions.

Section 3 is the enacting clause.

JUSTIFICATION:
Michael David Israel, the son of Avi and Julie Israel, was one of many
young people across New York State who battled with prescription drug
abuse. On June 4, 2011 Michael David Israel tragically took his
own life.

Michael's story is not a unique one. Nationally deaths from
prescription opiates have tripled since 1999, and overdoses from
prescription opiates now hospitalize more people each year than
cocaine or heroin.
Additionally, in a recent University at Buffalo study of 75 addicts,
41 percent reported their addiction began with medicine prescribed
legally by their doctors.

The rate at which doctors are prescribing opiates is also alarming. In
New York State 37 prescriptions are written for hydrocodone,
fentanyl. and oxycodone for every 100 New Yorkers. In Western New
York that rate is almost double, with 65 prescriptions being written
for every 100 residents. These statistics are concerning, and in some
regards alarming.

This bill would require the Department of Health develop a set of
guidelines to help doctors transition patients from high risk of
addiction pain management solutions to low risk of addiction pain
management solutions. In some cases, long-term use of opiate pain
killers is necessary, but in many cases alternative methods can be

used to manage the patients pain while avoiding the potential for a
damaging addiction to develop.

This bill does not require doctors to implement these strategies and
still leaves the decision for how best to care for the patient up to
their doctor, but it does provide doctors with an important resource.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal fiscal implications.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it
shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6181

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 11, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to creating medicinal
  guidelines to aid in  the  administration  of  prescription  drugs  to
  patients with high risks of addiction

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "Michael
David Israel addiction transition law".
  S  2.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 3351-a
to read as follows:
  S 3351-A. GUIDELINES. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROMULGATE  MEDICAL  GUIDE-
LINES  AND  REGULATIONS  FOR  PERSONS  AUTHORIZED  UNDER  THIS  TITLE TO
DISTRIBUTE OR DISPENSE SUBSTANCES CONTROLLED UNDER THIS  TITLE  FOR  THE
PURPOSE OF HELPING SUCH PERSONS TRANSITION PATIENTS FROM PAIN MANAGEMENT
SUBSTANCES  WITH  A  HIGH RISK OF ADDICTION TO PAIN MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
THAT PRESENT A LOW RISK OF ADDICTION OR DO NOT INVOLVE SUBSTANCES  REGU-
LATED UNDER THIS TITLE.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law, provided, however, that  effective  immediately,  the
addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
for the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized
and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13613-01-1

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