THE SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE

INTERIM OF 2019

 

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, CONSUMER PROTECTION, AND HEALTH

Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair

Senator Stanley Chang, Vice Chair

 

 

Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole

Sen. Laura H. Thielen

Sen. Clarence K. Nishihara

Sen. Kurt Fevella

Sen. Russell E. Ruderman

 

 

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

Rep. John M. Mizuno, Chair

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say

Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura

Rep. Gene Ward

 

NOTICE OF MEETING

 

DATE:

Thursday, November 21, 2019

TIME:

10:00 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 309

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

FIGHTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THE RIVERTON STORY

 

The purpose of this briefing is to review Hawaii's policy on the prescription drug take back program and the efficiency of onsite destruction of opioids. HB1272 which was signed into law on July 2, 2019 as Act 183 allows for the safe prescription drug take back and disposal program being utilized by CVS Long's and 17 of their pharmacies statewide.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency:

● 200 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

● 2,000 Americans suffer an overdose every day.

● From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic the focus will be on supporting healthcare providers and health systems, partnering with law enforcement, and encouraging consumers to make safe choices about opioids and the devastation that comes with misuse.

This briefing will seek to accomplish these four goals:

 

Examine the prescription drug take back program and the effectiveness of onsite destruction of such drugs.

Understand the risks associated with diversion the possibility of prescription drugs being returned and falling into the wrong hands.

● Review the Riverton, Utah Model of onsite destruction of prescription medications and drugs returned to various sites.

Begin a discussion about Hawaiʻis need for a well-considered, thoughful transition to their current prescription drug take back program and a program that provides for both the safe take back and onsite destruction of such drugs.

Invited to provide 5 to 10 minute presentations are:

State Department of Health (DOH)

DOH Behavioral Health Administration, Eddie Mersereau

Mayor Trent Staggs, Riverton, Utah

David Schiller former DEA Agent, Denver, Colorado

State Attorney General's Office

United State Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Honolulu Police Department

CVS Pharmacy

At the conclusion of the presentations the Committees will reserve the final 10 minutes to highlight the top priorities relating to an efficient prescription drug take back and disposal program in Hawai'i and a plan of action which may contain bill proposals for the 2020 Legislative session, administrative action, and/or memorandum of agreements between departments to ensure consumer protection while navigating the opioid epidemic.

The Committees would like to thank the presenters who are experts in their respective fields, for their contributions to this briefing.

No public testimony will be accepted.

 

No public testimony will be accepted.

 

If you require auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e., interpretive services (oral or written), ASL interpreter, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing so that arrangements can be made.

 

For further information, please call the Committee Clerk at 586-6050 or 586-6070.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rep. John M. Mizuno

Chair

 

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Senator Rosalyn H. Baker

Chair

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Rep. Scott K. Saiki

Speaker of the House

 

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Senator Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate