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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Carpino Supports Public Health Committee Action On Opioid Legislation
File Photo Rep. Carpino
General Assembly District: Cromwell
Hartford – State Representative
Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland), member of the state’s Public Health
Committee, voted in favor of legislation aimed at curbing the dramatic spike in
opioid-related deaths across the state.
community is immune from this epidemic. Although legislation cannot stop every
tragedy, we can certainly do our best to limit such occurrences,” stated Rep.
Carpino. “The legislation approved today takes a big step to decrease the
growing trend of opiate-related abuse and deaths.”
in a bi-partisan press conference today unveiling legislation to help control
the widespread abuse and misuse of opioids.
committee approved two opioid-specific pieces of legislation. The first, Senate
Bill 352 - An Act Concerning Prescriptions For And The Dispensing Of Opioid
Antagonists And Opioid Drugs, limits the prescriptive supply amount of
352 will limit initial prescriptions of opioids to adults to no more than a
seven-day supply. The same seven-day cap applies to minors, with an additional
provision requiring the prescribing physician to provide an overview of
associated risks and why the prescription is necessary for treatment. In
addition, the bill states a practitioner may prescribe more than a seven day
supply if the opioid drug is required to treat a patient’s medical condition,
chronic pain, cancer-associated pain, or for palliative use.
second piece of legislation, Senate Bill 353 – An Act Concerning Opioid
Use Disorder, adds membership to the established Alcohol and Drug
Policy Council within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to
produce recommendations on how to minimize opioid-related issues.
explained that education is a major key to reversing the growing trend of
opioid abuse. Stakeholders ranging from physicians, first responders, and
pharmacists will comprise the new membership of the council to examine a larger
scope of subject matter including, but not limited to, methods for safer drug
prescribing and dispensing, overdose rescue strategies, and recovery support
bills will now head to the Senate for further legislative action, which must be
completed prior to the end of the current legislative session ending Wednesday,
State Representative Christie Carpino represents the
32nd District of Cromwell and Portland. She is Co-Chair of the
legislature’s Program Review and Investigation Committee, and sits on the
Judiciary and Public Health Committees.