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  • NJ A3980
  • Requires issues related to prescription opioids to be included in continuing education courses for certain health care professionals.
Introduced
(6/20/2016)
In Committee
(6/20/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires certain health care professionals to meet continuing education requirements on topics related to prescription opioid drugs as a condition of renewal of a professional license, certification, or registration. Health care professionals with the authority to prescribe opioid medications, including physicians, physician assistants, and dentists, will be required to complete one continuing education credit on topics that include responsible prescribing practices, alternatives to opioids for managing and treating pain, and the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion. For advance practice nurses, who also have prescribing authority, their required six contact hours of continuing professional education in pharmacology related to controlled substances will include issues concerning prescription opioid drugs, including responsible prescribing practices, alternatives to opioids for managing and treating pain, and the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion. Health care professionals who do not have prescribing authority but who frequently interact with patients who may be prescribed opioids, including pharmacists, professional nurses, and practical nurses, will be required to complete one continuing education credit on topics that include alternatives to opioids for managing and treating pain and the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion. The continuing education credits required under the bill will be part of a professional's regular continuing education credits and will not increase the total number of continuing education credits required. The bill additionally provides that certified nurse midwives will be required to complete one credit of educational programs or topics related to prescription opioid drugs as part of the 30 contact hours in pharmacology training that is required for them to be authorized to prescribe drugs.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 6/20/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/20/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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