senate Bill S7653

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to instruction regarding illegal opiate and opioid drug use

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 09, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 03, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1142
reported and committed to rules
May 23, 2014 referred to alcoholism and drug abuse

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Jun 3, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

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Jun 3, 2014 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse committee Vote

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S7653 - Bill Details

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Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง804, Ed L

S7653 - Bill Texts

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Relates to instruction regarding illegal opiate and opioid drug use.

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BILL NUMBER:S7653

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
health education regarding alcohol, drugs, tobacco abuse and the
prevention and detection of certain cancers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To educate students regarding illegal
opiate and opioid drug use.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one amends subdivision 3 of section 804 of the education law,
as amended by chapter 674 of the laws of 2004 to include that
instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the
secondary schools curriculum shall include but not be limited to
age-appropriate instruction on the dangers of illegal drug use and the
addictive and destructive behavior associated with opiate and opioid
drug use. The commissioner, in collaboration with the commissioner of
health, shall develop guidance for school districts and provide
resources and materials to assist in the development of a drug
prevention program as part of the health education curriculum in
secondary schools.

Section two sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Addiction to heroin and other opioids has quickly
become an epidemic that is ravaging our communities. According to
reports, heroin-related deaths in New York State have more than
doubled from 215 in 2008, to 478 in 2012. Of those, heroin has killed
121 people in Nassau and Suffolk county alone in 2012.

Without question, the dramatic escalation in heroin and opioid abuse
poses a clear and present threat to the health, safety and well-being
of all New Yorkers. The increasing availability of this drug combined
with more powerful incarnations is creating an epidemic that is having
a dramatic impact on young people across the state and leading to the
unfortunate deaths of too many New Yorkers. To address this major
concern, this legislation would ensure that students in school receive
proper instruction regarding opiate and opioid drug use as part of
their drug prevention program so that they can fully comprehend its
dangerous and addictive nature.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of September
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  7653

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 23, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MARTINS,  BALL, BONACIC, BOYLE, CARLUCCI, FELDER,
  GALLIVAN, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, HANNON, LANZA, LARKIN,  LITTLE,  MARCELLINO,
  MARCHIONE,  MAZIARZ,  NOZZOLIO,  O'MARA, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, ROBACH,
  SAVINO, SEWARD, VALESKY, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed,  and
  when  printed  to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug
  Abuse

AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  health  education
  regarding  alcohol,  drugs,  tobacco  abuse  and  the  prevention  and
  detection of certain cancers

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  3  of  section  804 of the education law, as
amended by chapter 674 of the laws  of  2004,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  Instruction  regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, in addi-
tion to continued health guidance in the junior high school  grades  and
the  senior high schools, shall be an integral part of a required health
education course at each  of  these  levels  in  the  secondary  schools
curriculum.    SUCH  INSTRUCTION  SHALL  INCLUDE  BUT  NOT BE LIMITED TO
AGE-APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTION ON THE DANGERS OF ILLEGAL DRUG USE  AND  THE
ADDICTIVE  AND  DESTRUCTIVE  BEHAVIOR  ASSOCIATED WITH OPIATE AND OPIOID
DRUG USE. THE COMMISSIONER, IN COLLABORATION WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
HEALTH,   SHALL  DEVELOP  GUIDANCE  FOR  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  AND  PROVIDE
RESOURCES  AND  MATERIALS  TO  ASSIST  IN  THE  DEVELOPMENT  OF  A  DRUG
PREVENTION PROGRAM AS PART OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN SECOND-
ARY  SCHOOLS. Students shall be required to demonstrate knowledge in the
subject area through the use of a test, graded project or report, or any
other means prescribed by  the  school  authorities  regarding  alcohol,
drugs,  and tobacco. Any such course shall be taught by teachers holding
a certificate to teach health. Related courses in the  secondary  school
curriculum  shall  be  taught in a manner supportive of health education
regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  In  addition,  instruction
regarding the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or
drugs shall be an integral part of a required health education course in

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
S                                                          LBD15345-01-4

S. 7653                             2

the  senior  high  schools.  Such  instruction  shall be provided in all
senior high schools whether or not these  schools  also  provide  driver
education courses.
  S  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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