Relates to an informational card on the distribution of opioid antagonists.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing an opioid overdose prevention program
PURPOSE: To provide an informational card with every nalozone kit distributed under the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new subdivision 3 to section 3309 of the Public Health Law to provide that any distribution of opioid antagonists through the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program shall include an informational card which includes steps to take after administration of the opioid antagonist. The Commissioner may include any other information deemed relevant.
JUSTIFICATION: Numerous reports have indicated an alarming rise in heroin and opioid addiction and abuse in New York State, and across much of the Northeastern United States including Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. A heroin overdose is reported to have claimed the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most gifted and talented actors of his or any generation, as well as the lives of hundreds of New Yorkers. As reported by the Associated Press, and noted in the Register Star, heroin-related deaths in New York State have more than doubled from 215 in 2008, to 478 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 New Yorkers. Heroin abuse is now a public health epidemic requiring proactive policy action to address the increase and mitigate its consequences.
Opioid antagonists have proven highly effective in saving lives in the event of an overdose by heroin or other opioids If left untreated, a heroin overdose typically leads to respiratory problems, cardiac arrhythmia and eventually death. Opioid antagonists help counteract this death spiral by binding to opioid receptors and reversing - or forestalling - an individual's physical reaction to an otherwise fatal overdose. The intervening minutes can allow the timely intervention of professionally trained emergency medical personnel.
Ensuring the safe and effective administration of opioid antagonists is a priority The inclusion of an informational card that provides specific step-by-step instructions for an individual to take after the administration of an opioid antagonist is of paramount importance. Employing such a detailed card will help ensure that the victim of a heroin and opioid overdose receives the necessary, timely medical care that can help save their life and prevent a tragedy.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7649 IN SENATE May 23, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARCHIONE, BALL, BONACIC, BOYLE, CARLUCCI, FELDER, GALLIVAN, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, HANNON, LANZA, LARKIN, LITTLE, MARCELLINO, MARTINS, 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 Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing an opioid overdose prevention program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 3309 of the public health law are renumbered subdivisions 4 and 5 and a new subdivision 3 is added to read as follows: 3. ANY DISTRIBUTION OF OPIOID ANTAGONISTS THROUGH THIS PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE AN INFORMATIONAL CARD. THE INFORMATIONAL CARD SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON: STEPS TO TAKE AFTER AN OPIOID ANTAGONIST IS ADMINIS- TERED, INCLUDING CALLING FIRST RESPONDERS; THE NUMBER FOR THE TOLL FREE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES HOPELINE; HOW TO ACCESS THE TREATMENT PROVIDER DIRECTORY ON THE OFFICE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES WEBSITE; AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION DEEMED RELEVANT BY THE COMMISSIONER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. S LBD15244-01-4