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  • NJ A1825
  • Directs poison control and drug information program to establish clearinghouse of drug overdose information, report on trends, and provide education on safe storage and disposal of medications; appropriates $500,000.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill expands the responsibilities of the State's poison control and drug information program ("program"), in order to facilitate the gathering and analysis of Statewide information related to drug overdoses, and foster improved public awareness in relation to overdose prevention methods. In particular, the bill would require the program to: (1) provide community education, in addition to that which is already provided by the program, designed to educate the public about the safe and proper storage and disposal of medications, and the benefits of locking medicine cabinets, using medication lock-boxes, and using prescription disposal drop-boxes; and (2) establish and maintain a clearinghouse for drug overdose information reported by health care providers in the State. The bill would require a health care provider to notify the program, based on the available information, within 10 days after treating a patient for a drug overdose or as soon as the pertinent information becomes available, whichever is earliest, regardless of whether the overdose resulted in death. Such notification would be required to include: (1) a description of the circumstances surrounding the overdose, including, but not limited to, an indication of the cause and location of the exposure; (2) demographic information, including, but not limited to, the age, sex, and county of residence of the person who suffered the overdose; and (3) an indication of the type of drug that caused the overdose. The bill would further require the program to maintain and compile the overdose information reported by health care providers, and to regularly monitor and analyze the information collected, in order to identify new trends and emerging patterns in overdoses and drug use, and in order to determine, at the earliest opportunity, the presence or likely presence of overly potent or adulterated batches of drugs or chemicals being abused. The bill would also require the program to make efforts to bolster its epidemiology service and thereby enhance the analysis conducted under the bill's provisions. The program would be required to compile an annual report describing the trends and emerging patterns discovered during the reporting period, and would further be required to transmit the report, via electronic or other means, to the State Police, the governing body of each municipality, and, to the extent practicable, each licensed health care provider. The report would also be posted on the program's website. In addition, if the program's analysis of drug overdose information suggests that an overly potent or adulterated batch of drugs or chemicals is being abused, the program would be required to immediately transmit a drug toxicity warning notice, via electronic or other means, to the same persons and entities who are required to obtain an annual report, and additionally post the toxicity warning on the program's website. The bill would appropriate a supplemental sum of $500,000 to the program, in addition to any other amounts that are normally appropriated thereto through the annual appropriations act, which would be used by the program to offset the costs associated with expanding the program's epidemiology service, hiring health educators, and preparing educational materials, as may be necessary to effectuate the bill's provisions.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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