Bill S6692-2013

Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign

Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, in consultation with the department of health, to develop a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign.

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  • May 6, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 28, 2014: REFERRED TO ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse - May 6, 2014
Ayes (6): Boyle, Bonacic, Carlucci, Ritchie, Parker, Sanders

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BILL NUMBER:S6692

TITLE OF BILL: An act requiring the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, in consultation with the department of health, to develop a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would raise awareness regarding the dangers of use and abuse of prescription drugs through a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign.

JUSTIFICATION: Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over that used drugs for the first time in 2009 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, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or from the internet. Additionally, 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), showed that prescription drugs are the second category of drugs after marijuana that are most often abused.

A critical component to the prevention of prescription drug abuse is educating parents and youth about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. There is a common misperception among many parents and youth that prescription drugs are less dangerous than illegal drugs because they are legal and 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. Many parents are not aware that youth are abusing prescription drugs at all; thus, they frequently leave unused prescription drugs in open medicine cabinets.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 A.7805 Cymbrowitz Referred to Alcoholism & Drug Abuse No Same As

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6692 IN SENATE February 28, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BOYLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse AN ACT requiring the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, in consultation with the department of health, to develop a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, in consultation with the commissioner of the department of health, shall develop a prescription drug abuse public awareness campaign regarding the dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Such public awareness campaign shall be made available to the public by any means deemed appropriate by the commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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