SB 88: ‘Narcotic Treatment Programs Enforcement Act’Voted on Tuesday March 28, 2017
John Pezold's thoughts
SB 88 is the "Narcotic Treatment Program Enforcement Act," and is aimed to regulate clinics that treat chronic heroin or opiate-like drug-dependent individuals that administers narcotic drugs under physicians' orders either for detox or maintenance of rehabilitative efforts.
Under this bill, the Dept. of Community Health creates rules and regulations to begin an open enrollment program to grant licenses by territories around the state instead of freely. The Dept. of Community Health will create an application and licensing process.
In order to be eligible, business owners must provide the state with everything from details of the program and bios of staff members to financial stability studies and proof of consideration/compromise with local law enforcement agencies.
The bill also prohibits a treatment program from offering free services or free medication for patient referrals or any type of financial incentives. Additionally, a state registry of who is being treated will be created so no one person can receive treatment from more than one clinic.
I voted NO on the measure because, while well-intentioned, the bill goes too far in regulation of business owners and actually restricts patient access.More information on legis.ga.gov
The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.
|Did not vote||4||2.2%|