STAND. COM. REP. NO. 44

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 440
                                     H.D. 1




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, to
which was referred H.B. No. 440 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to:

     (1)  Allow the Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED) to share
          prescription information with physicians; and

     (2)  Appropriate funds from the controlled substance
          registration revolving fund for one full-time data
          processing systems analyst position to carry out this
          task.

     The NED and Hawaii Medical Association testified in support
of this measure.  The Office of Information Practices supported
the intent of this measure, but testified that the scope is too
broad.

     Your Committee finds that it is not uncommon for substance
abusers to intentionally visit more than one physician and
withhold information regarding other prescriptions they have
obtained.  This measure will help physicians better identify
those patients who are abusing controlled substances by obtaining
multiple prescriptions.


 
 
 
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     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
measure by deleting the word "administer" to clarify that
disclosure requirements are only applicable to registrants who
are authorized to prescribe or dispense controlled substances.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs that is attached
to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 440, as amended herein, and recommends that
it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No.
440, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Consumer
Protection and Commerce.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Public Safety and
                                   Military Affairs,



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                                   NESTOR R. GARCIA, Chair