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Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2015

Introduced on 10-2-15 by Bill Foster [D-IL-11] and referred to the Subcommittee on Health. Cosponsored by Donna Edwards [D-MD-4, Elizabeth Esty [D-CT-5], Sean Patrick Maloney [D-NY-18], Alan Grayson [D-FL-9], Donald Norcross [D-NJ-1], Eric Swalwell [D-CA-15], Alcee Hastings [D-FL-20]

Purpose: To reduce opioid misuse and abuse.

SEC. 2. Pilot project.

(a) Grants by the Secretary of HHS to develop a standardized peer review process and methodology to review prescription drug monitoring programs and evaluate prescribing and pharmacy dispensing patterns in order to identify and investigate inappropriate prescribing and dispensing patterns of controlled substances. The results shall be shared with the appropriate State regulators and health profession boards.

SEC. 3. Prescription drug, heroin, and other controlled substance abuse prevention.

Part P of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280g) is amended by adding at the end provisions for grants to (1) train health care providers in patient screening, interventions and referral to treatment in order to prevent drug abuse

(2) expand prescribing authority to nurse practitioners and physician’s assistance with respect to prescribing drugs for the treatment of abuse.

SEC. 4. Prescription drug abuse training and screening programs.

Provides grants for the development of continuing education and review processes for State health profession boards to certify appropriate education and training for informed and safe prescribing of controlled drugs.

Requires that a registered practitioner conduct patient screening for potential drug misuse or abuse before prescribing a controlled drug.

SEC. 5. FDA review of naloxone.

Provides for a review of naloxone to consider whether it should be available as an over-the-counter drug in order to increase access.

SEC. 6. Prescription drug disposal.

Encourage States and local governments to increase opportunities for disposal of opiates

Reduce opportunities for abuse of opiates, by establishing opioid dispensing limits at hospital emergency departments.

SEC. 7. GAO report.

The Comptroller General shall review programs, policies and best practices with respect to opioid and heroin abuse and overdose programs of the States; and issue a report to Congress on its findings and recommendations on ways to reduce opioid and heroin abuse and overdoses.


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