senate Bill S6725

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the distribution of educational materials regarding the misuse of and addiction to prescription drugs

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May 06, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Mar 04, 2014 referred to alcoholism and drug abuse

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May 6, 2014 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse committee Vote

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S6725 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7837
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง19.09, Ment Hyg L

S6725 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the distribution of educational materials regarding the misuse of and addiction to prescription drugs.

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BILL NUMBER:S6725

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
the distribution of educational materials regarding the misuse of and
addiction to prescription drugs

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to help
to prevent the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends 19.09 of mental hygiene law by
requiring the commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse Services in consultation with the Department of Health to create
or utilize existing educational materials and make them available to
pharmacists who may distribute them with any prescribed controlled
substance. Such materials shall include information regarding the
dangers misuse and the potential for addiction to prescription drugs,
treatment resources available, and the proper way to dispose of unused
prescription drugs.

The bill would also require the Commissioner to utilize data that is
available to the office in order to identify the counties in New York
State where prescription opioid abuse is most prevalent. At the
discretion of the commissioner, in collaboration with the department
of health, pharmacists may be notified about the prevalence of opioid
abuse in the county where the pharmacists are located, and strongly
encourage the pharmacy to utilize the educational materials created by
this bill.

JUSTIFICATION: Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
(NSDUH) taken in 2009 showed that nearly one-third of people age 12
and over that used drugs for the first time began by using a
prescription drug non-medically. The same survey found that over 70
percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers obtained them
from friends or relatives. Additionally, it was shown in the latest
Monitoring the Future Study, the Nation's largest survey of drug use
among young people administered by the National Institute on Drug
Abuse (NIDA), of the drugs most often abused, prescription drugs
ranked second behind marijuana.

A contributing factor to the rise of prescription drug abuse has been
the common misperception that prescription medications are less
dangerous than illegal drugs because they are FDA-approved. Many
well-meaning parents do not understand the risks associated with
giving prescribed medication to a teenager or another family member
for whom the medication was not prescribed, or, they are not aware
that youth are abusing prescription drugs at all; thus, they
frequently leave unused prescription drugs in open medicine cabinets.

In 2011 the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) stated in
its Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan that a key factor to
deterring prescription drug abuse is educating the youth and their
parents about the dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.
The ONDCP also recommended that organizations such as local anti-drug
coalitions and pharmacies should promote and disseminate public
educational materials in order to increase awareness of prescription
drug misuse and abuse, and how to safely dispose of unused
prescription medications. In 2012, the New York State Department of


Health (DOH) in partnership with the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the Pharmacists Society of the
State of New York (PSSNY) issued a letter to pharmacies in New York
emphasizing the vital role pharmacists play in this goal. Their
position gives them a unique opportunity to increase the knowledge of
their customers regarding the consequences that result from the misuse
of prescription medication.

This bill would help to prevent the misuse or abuse of prescription
drugs by providing pharmacists with educational materials that they
may distribute to their customers. Such materials would provide
information on the dangers of misuse, and the potential for addiction
to prescription medications. They would also provide information on
how to access treatment services and safely dispose of unused
prescription medications.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined

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

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

                                  6725

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the  distribution
  of  educational  materials  regarding  the  misuse of and addiction to
  prescription drugs

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

  Section  1.  Section  19.09  of  the  mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows:
  (I) (1) THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
HEALTH,  SHALL  CREATE  OR  UTILIZE EXISTING EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS WHICH
SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE DANGERS OF MISUSE AND THE POTEN-
TIAL FOR ADDICTION TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, TREATMENT RESOURCES AVAILABLE,
AND THE PROPER WAY TO DISPOSE OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.  SUCH  MATE-
RIALS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PHARMACISTS AND MAY BE DISTRIBUTED WITH
ANY  PRESCRIBED  DRUG  THAT  IS  A  CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE BY A PHARMACIST
LICENSED BY THE STATE TO  DISPENSE  PRESCRIPTION  DRUGS  TO  THE  PUBLIC
PURSUANT  TO  SECTION SIXTY-EIGHT HUNDRED FIVE OF THE EDUCATION LAW. THE
INFORMATION CONTAINED IN SUCH MATERIALS SHALL  ALSO  BE  POSTED  ON  THE
WEBSITE OF THE OFFICE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. SUCH MATERIALS SHALL
BE PROVIDED IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH AS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE
COMMISSIONERS.
  (2) UTILIZING DATA THAT IS AVAILABLE TO THE OFFICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, INFORMATION OBTAINED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF SECTION
THIRTY-THREE  HUNDRED  NINE-A OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL IDENTIFY THE COUNTIES IN NEW YORK STATE WHERE PRESCRIPTION  OPIOID
ABUSE  IS  MOST PREVALENT. PHARMACISTS LICENSED BY THE STATE TO DISPENSE
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MAY BE NOTIFIED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMISSIONER
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ABOUT THE PREVALENCE  OF
OPIOID  ABUSE  IN  THE  COUNTY IN WHICH SUCH PHARMACISTS ARE LOCATED AND
ENCOURAGE THE FACILITIES  WHERE  PRESCRIPTION  DRUGS  ARE  DISPENSED  TO
DISTRIBUTE  MATERIALS  CREATED  OR UTILIZED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH ONE OF
THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11390-01-3

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