Requires health care professionals to prescribe opioid antagonists when prescribing an opioid and discuss the dangers of opioid addiction with such patient in a manner consistent with regulations promulgated by the commissioner of health.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 13, 2021
Introduced by Sen. BENJAMIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Substance
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring health
care professionals to prescribe opioid antagonists when prescribing an
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of
2 section 3309 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 42 of the
3 laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows:
4 (i) A health care professional [may] shall prescribe [by] a patient-
5 specific or non-patient-specific [prescription] opioid antagonist when
6 prescribing an opioid, and may also, dispense or distribute, directly or
7 indirectly, an opioid antagonist to an opioid antagonist recipient. Such
8 health care professional shall discuss the dangers of opioid addiction
9 with such patient in a manner consistent with regulations promulgated by
10 the commissioner.
11 § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
12 have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or
13 repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of
14 this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed
15 on or before such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.