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[Motion to Agree Sen. Sub] HB 249: Controlled substances; collect more information regarding dispensing and use; provisions

Voted on Tuesday March 28, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

I voted NO on the Motion to Agree to the Senate Substitute of HB 249 which requires those who have a DEA permit number to enroll in a prescription monitoring database and update that database when that individual writes a prescription for controlled substances or is a dispenser of controlled substances.

Violation of this requirement will be handled administratively by the state regulatory governing board for the prescriber. The information must be submitted every 24 hours.

There is an exemption for the prescribers' requirement to update the database when the prescription for those controlled substances: no more than a three-day supply (26 pills); the prescriptions are to be administered and used by a patient on the premises of a hospital or healthcare facility; the patient has had outpatient surgery and the supply is for no more than 10 days (40 pills); the patient is in an outpatient hospice program; or the patient is receiving treatment for cancer.

Overdose rescue kits will be supplied over the counter and are required to be a certain minimum strength.

The new language added as part of the Senate Substitute require a prescriber to advise of the dangers of opiates and allows a person who is appointed by the Governor over the state health agency to also be licensed to practice medicine in Georgia. Additionally, narcotic treatment programs are subject to inspection by the state - onsite and otherwise - at any given time. These are reasons I voted NO.

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John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 164 91.1% Majority Vote
Nay 9 5%
Did not vote 3 1.7%
Excused 4 2.2%