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Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Releases Comprehensive Report and Recommendations

October 24, 2018 -

Recommendations:

  • Increase resources to support the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals trained to treat substance use disorder;
  • Upgrade the I-STOP Prescription Monitoring Program to improve interstate monitoring of potential over-prescribing of opioids;
  • Maximize federal funding to help support more children at the state’s newly-established Infant Recovery Centers;
  • Reduce the cost of naloxone to ensure greater access to this life-saving overdose-reversal medication and enhance public education and outreach on naloxone use and expiration to ensure effective treatment;
  • Explore the further limitation of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to three days from the current seven days, with certain medical exceptions;
  • Require enhanced treatment plans for patients after the first month of opioid use, instead of waiting until the current 90-day standard;
  • Further address addiction in rural parts of the state by improving access to treatment, such as establishing Centers for Excellence on Substance Use Disorder;
  • Authorize hospital-community-healthcare-SUD treatment professional collaboration programs to facilitate innovation in meeting community health care needs;
  • Improve the use and collection of data to better identify, investigate, and prosecute high-volume opioid prescribers;
  • Enhance and create appropriate criminal penalties for drug dealers who sell substances that result in death; and
  • Expand health insurance coverage options for medical marijuana as a method to reduce overall usage of opioid medications.

The report can be viewed at: https://www.scribd.com/document/391594766/Nys-Senate-Heroin-and-Opioid-Addiction-Report-recommendations-2018-1#download&from_embed