Establishes a prescription pain medication awareness program within the department of health to educate the public and health care practitioners about the risks associated with prescribing and taking controlled substance pain medications.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the prescription pain medication awareness program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes a prescription pain medication awareness program with the Department of Health.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends Public Health Law (PHL) §3309-a to establish a Prescription pain medication awareness program within the Department of Health (DOH). This program shall educate the public and health care practitioners about the risks associated with the use of controlled substance pain medications. Within the amounts appropriated, the commissioner shall develop and conduct a media campaign designed to alert youth, parents and the general population about the risks associated with prescription pain medications and the need to properly dispose of any unused medications. This campaign shall include an informational website.
This section also requires the establishment of a work group composed of experts in the fields of palliative and chronic pain management, and addiction medicine. The work group shall development recommendations and model courses for continuing medical education, refresher courses and other training materials for licensed health care professionals regarding the use of prescription pain medication. No later than January 1, 2013, the work group shall provide outreach and assistance to health care professional organizations to encourage and facilitate continuing medical education training programs for their members. The work group shall also provide information to the commissioner for use in the development and continued update of the public awareness campaign.
The commissioner shall report to the governor, the temporary president of the Senate and the speaker of the Assembly no later than March 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, on the work group's findings. This report shall include information on opioid overdose deaths, emergency room utilization of for the treatment of opioid overdose, the utilization of pre-hospital addiction services and recommendations to reduce opioid addiction and the consequences thereof.
Section two provides that the act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: New York State, like the rest of the nation, faces a prescription drug abuse crisis. Prescription drugs are being abused more than any other drug. with the exception of marijuana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every 19 minutes, one person dies from an accidental overdose or suicide as a result of prescription drug abuse. While prescription pain killers have highly addictive and dangerous qualities, they also provide much needed relief to individuals suffering from chronic illnesses. Therefore, it is important to provide a balanced solution to this crisis.
The current lack of education, awareness and training in the area of prescription drug use was a resonating theme at the recent roundtable discussions held by the Senate Standing Committee on Health. There is a common misconception amongst the general public that because prescription pain medications are prescribed by doctors and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they are safe. Such misconception illustrates the need for a public awareness program and media campaign to educate the public on the risks associated with prescription pain medications, the need to respect prescription medications and to watch for signs of abuse. Further, national surveys demonstrate that nearly 70% of prescription pain medication abusers get there drugs from a family member or friend. Thus, demonstrating the need to educate the public on the importance of disposing unused medications, and the means by which this can be done.
Another issue that is frequently raised as contributing to the prescription drug abuse crisis is the lack of education and training in proper prescribing practices among professionals. Instances are raised in which doctors have legitimate concerns that result in either over-prescribing or under prescribing these medications. The work group established herein will study, develop and recommend model courses for continuing medical education, refresher courses and other training programs. The work group will assist and encourage health care professionals to use these materials and the commissioner of Health shall make this information available to medical schools.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6744 IN SENATE March 16, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sens. HANNON, GOLDEN, LARKIN, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, McDONALD -- 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 establishing the prescription pain medication awareness program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 3309-a to read as follows: S 3309-A. PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION AWARENESS PROGRAM. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT A PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION AWARENESS PROGRAM TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS ABOUT THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESCRIBING AND TAKING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PAIN MEDICATIONS. 2. WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED, THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, SHALL: (A) DEVELOP AND CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION MEDIA CAMPAIGN DESIGNED TO ALERT YOUTH, PARENTS AND THE GENERAL POPULATION ABOUT THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATIONS AND THE NEED TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF ANY UNUSED MEDICATION. IN DEVELOPING THIS CAMPAIGN, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSULT WITH AND USE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE WORK GROUP ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (B) OF THIS SECTION AND OTHER RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE CAMPAIGN SHALL INCLUDE AN INTERNET WEBSITE PROVIDING INFORMATION FOR PARENTS, CHILDREN AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ON THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TAKING OPIOIDS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THOSE NEEDING ASSISTANCE WITH PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION ADDICTION. SUCH WEBSITE SHALL ALSO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING WHERE INDIVIDUALS MAY PROPERLY DISPOSE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND INCLUDE ACTIVE LINKS TO FURTHER INFOR- MATION AND RESOURCES. THE CAMPAIGN SHALL BEGIN NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE. (B) ESTABLISH A WORK GROUP, NO LATER THAN JUNE FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, WHICH SHALL BE COMPOSED OF EXPERTS IN THE FIELDS OF PALLIATIVEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15031-01-2 S. 6744 2
AND CHRONIC CARE PAIN MANAGEMENT AND ADDICTION MEDICINE. MEMBERS OF THE WORK GROUP SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. THE WORK GROUP SHALL: (I) REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMEN- DATIONS AND MODEL COURSES FOR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION, REFRESHER COURSES AND OTHER TRAINING MATERIALS FOR LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFES- SIONALS ON APPROPRIATE USE OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION. SUCH RECOM- MENDATIONS, MODEL COURSES AND OTHER TRAINING MATERIALS SHALL BE SUBMIT- TED TO THE COMMISSIONER, WHO SHALL MAKE SUCH INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR THE USE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION, RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS, AND FOR USE IN CONTINUING MEDICATION EDUCATION PROGRAMS NO LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN; (II) NO LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, PROVIDE OUTREACH AND ASSISTANCE TO HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR THEIR MEMBERS REGARDING APPROPRIATE PRESCRIBING PRACTICES AND THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION; AND (III) PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR USE IN THE DEVELOP- MENT AND CONTINUED UPDATE OF THE PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING INFORMATION, RESOURCES, AND ACTIVE WEB LINKS THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON THE WEBSITE. 3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESI- DENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN MARCH FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, ON THE WORK GROUP'S FINDINGS. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON OPIOID OVER-DOSE DEATHS, EMERGENCY ROOM UTILIZATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF OPIOID OVERDOSE, THE UTILIZATION OF PRE-HOSPITAL ADDICTION SERVICES AND RECOM- MENDATIONS TO REDUCE OPIOID ADDICTION AND THE CONSEQUENCES THEREOF. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.