Allows first responders to carry, and rehabilitation facilities to dispense, opioid antagonist drugs; makes an appropriation therefor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to first responders carrying opioid antagonist drugs; and making an appropriation therefor
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide funding for all first responders to have naloxone in their possession, and allow rehabilitation facilities to make the drug available to the families of in-patients discharged from their care.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 3000-a of the public health law by adding a new subdivision 3 to make to allow that any individual who meets the requirements in section 2002 relating to lifesaving care, to carry an opioid antagonist, such as Naloxone. It also allows rehabilitation facilities to dispense such drugs to family members and friends an in-patient upon discharge.
Section 2 allocates $500,000 to the Department of Health to implement this policy immediately.
Section 3 is the effective date of the bill.
JUSTIFICATION: Naloxone hydrochloride, commonly referred to as Naloxone, is an "opioid antagonist," used to stop the effects of opioids in the system. For users who are in the throes of a heroin overdose, Naloxone inhibits the effects of the drug, providing critical minutes to get the victim to an emergency room. While all heroin users are at risk for an overdose every time they use the drug, those who have received in-patient treatment at rehabilitation facilities are the most vulnerable. Heroin addiction builds up a tolerance to the drug in the course of continued use. When continued use stops, as it does with a patient admitted an in-patient facility, that tolerance quickly diminishes. If, upon release, a user attempts to use the same amount of heroin they had tolerated prior to admission, they are in severe danger of a fatal overdose.
This legislation provides funding for all first responders to carry Naloxone kits. It also provides for the dispensing of Naloxone to family and friends of individuals who have been discharged from rehabilitation facilities, to ensure the drug is available to those most likely to be in the closest proximity to the patient, should they attempt to use again.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill - 2014
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $500,000
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7102 IN SENATE April 28, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, BRESLIN, DILAN, HOYLMAN, KENNEDY, KRUEG- ER, PARKER, PERKINS, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to first responders carrying opioid antagonist drugs; and making an appropriation therefor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3000-a of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows: 3. ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO MEETS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE THOUSAND TWO OF THIS ARTICLE AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF INITIAL LIFESAVING CARE OF SICK AND INJURED PERSONS MAY CARRY OPIOID ANTAGONIST DRUGS, SUCH AS NALOXONE HYDROCHLORIDE. IN ADDITION, REHABILITATION FACILITIES MAY DISPENSE SUCH OPIOID ANTAGONIST DRUGS WHEN DISCHARGING AN INPATIENT TO SUCH PATIENT, A FAMILY MEMBER OF, CAREGIVER FOR, OR TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO SHARES A DOMI- CILE WITH SUCH DISCHARGED INPATIENT. S 2. The sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the department of health out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund, not otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the commissioner of health in the manner prescribed by law. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14126-06-4