THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

892

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to emergency services.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Chapter

prescription medication safety law

   -1 Long-acting opioid painkillers; other opioid painkillers; emergency rooms. (a) No physician, advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority pursuant to section 457-8.6, or physician assistant, in providing emergency services at any hospital in the State, shall prescribe any long-acting opioid painkillers, including but not limited to extended-release oxycodone, fentanyl patches, or methadone.

(b) No physician, advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority pursuant to section 457-8.6, or physician assistant, in providing emergency services at any hospital in the State, shall prescribe more than a seven-day supply of any other opioid painkillers.

   -2 Prescription refills; emergency rooms. Pursuant to section 329-28(a)(3), no physician, advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority pursuant to section 457-8.6, or physician assistant, in providing emergency services at any hospital in the State, shall refill any prescription for opioid painkillers.

   -3 Exemptions. (a) This chapter shall not apply to emergency room treatment of:

(1) Any serious illness, disease, or condition such as cancer; or

(2) Any other illness, disease, or condition that requires palliative care.

(b) This chapter shall not apply to prescriptions made outside of an emergency room.

   -4 Penalties. Any person who violates this chapter shall be fined not more than $500, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both."

SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Prescriptions; Emergency Rooms; Long-acting Opioid Painkillers; Other Opioid Painkillers

 

Description:

Prohibits doctors, advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority, and physician assistants, when providing emergency services at a hospital from: prescribing any long-acting opioid painkiller, prescribing more than a seven-day supply of any other opioid painkiller, or refilling prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Provides exceptions. Establishes penalties.

 

 

 

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