Relates to instruction regarding illegal opiate and opioid drug use.
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Excused (2): Hassell-Thomps, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to health education regarding alcohol, drugs, tobacco abuse and the prevention and detection of certain cancers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To educate students regarding illegal opiate and opioid drug use.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision 3 of section 804 of the education law, as amended by chapter 674 of the laws of 2004 to include that instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the secondary schools curriculum shall include but not be limited to age-appropriate instruction on the dangers of illegal drug use and the addictive and destructive behavior associated with opiate and opioid drug use. The commissioner, in collaboration with the commissioner of health, shall develop guidance for school districts and provide resources and materials to assist in the development of a drug prevention program as part of the health education curriculum in secondary schools.
Section two sets the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Addiction to heroin and other opioids has quickly become an epidemic that is ravaging our communities. According to reports, heroin-related deaths in New York State have more than doubled from 215 in 2008, to 478 in 2012. Of those, heroin has killed 121 people in Nassau and Suffolk county alone 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 all New Yorkers. The increasing availability of this drug combined with more powerful incarnations is creating an epidemic that is having a dramatic impact on young people across the state and leading to the unfortunate deaths of too many New Yorkers. To address this major concern, this legislation would ensure that students in school receive proper instruction regarding opiate and opioid drug use as part of their drug prevention program so that they can fully comprehend its dangerous and addictive nature.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7653 IN SENATE May 23, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARTINS, BALL, BONACIC, BOYLE, CARLUCCI, FELDER, GALLIVAN, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, HANNON, LANZA, LARKIN, LITTLE, MARCELLINO, MARCHIONE, 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 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to health education regarding alcohol, drugs, tobacco abuse and the prevention and detection of certain cancers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 804 of the education law, as amended by chapter 674 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: 3. Instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, in addi- tion to continued health guidance in the junior high school grades and the senior high schools, shall be an integral part of a required health education course at each of these levels in the secondary schools curriculum. SUCH INSTRUCTION SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO AGE-APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTION ON THE DANGERS OF ILLEGAL DRUG USE AND THE ADDICTIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR ASSOCIATED WITH OPIATE AND OPIOID DRUG USE. THE COMMISSIONER, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL DEVELOP GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PROVIDE RESOURCES AND MATERIALS TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM AS PART OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN SECOND- ARY SCHOOLS. Students shall be required to demonstrate knowledge in the subject area through the use of a test, graded project or report, or any other means prescribed by the school authorities regarding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Any such course shall be taught by teachers holding a certificate to teach health. Related courses in the secondary school curriculum shall be taught in a manner supportive of health education regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. In addition, instruction regarding the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be an integral part of a required health education course inEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. S LBD15345-01-4 S. 7653 2
the senior high schools. Such instruction shall be provided in all senior high schools whether or not these schools also provide driver education courses. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.