Bill S7649A-2013

Relates to an information card on the distribution of opioid antagonists

Relates to an informational card on the distribution of opioid antagonists.



  • Jun 9, 2014: referred to health
  • Jun 9, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 3, 2014: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 7649A
  • Jun 3, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1138
  • May 23, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH





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 narcan kit distributed under the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.


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.



EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7649--A Cal. No. 1138 IN SENATE May 23, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MARCHIONE, BALL, BONACIC, BOYLE, CARLUCCI, FELDER, GALLIVAN, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, HANNON, LANZA, LARKIN, LAVALLE, 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 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Commit- tee on Rules -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading 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. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE SUCH INFORMATIONAL CARDS AVAIL- ABLE TO THE OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


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