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1    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Prescription Drug Task Force Act.
6    Section 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that:
7    (1) Prescription opioid abuse is endemic in this State.
8    (2) Many prescribers in this State over-prescribe Schedule
9II controlled substances such as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone for
10pain relief that are classified as opiates.
11    (3) Some medical studies have shown that the use of opioid
12versus non-opioid medication therapy did not result in
13significantly better pain-related function over the trial
15    (4) It has the right to regulate the licensing of medical
16professionals and has enacted various licensing Acts for that
17purpose authorizing the Department of Financial and
18Professional Regulation to license and discipline these
19medical professionals.
20    (5) A legislative Task Force is necessary to study the
21extent of over prescription of opioids to patients, and to make
22recommendations of future legislation to address this issue.



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1    Section 10. Prescription Drug Task Force.
2    (a) The Prescription Drug Task Force is created. The Task
3Force shall be composed of 19 members appointed as follows:
4        (1) one member of the House of Representatives
5    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
6        (2) one member of the House of Representatives
7    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
8    Representatives;
9        (3) one member of the Senate appointed by the President
10    of the Senate;
11        (4) one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
12    Leader of the Senate;
13        (5) the Secretary of Human Services or his or her
14    designee;
15        (6) one member from each of the following organizations
16    appointed by the Secretary of Human Services from nominees
17    made by the respective organization:
18            (A) a statewide organization representing advanced
19        practice nursing;
20            (B) a statewide organization representing
21        hospitals;
22            (C) a statewide organization representing retail
23        merchants;
24            (D) a statewide organization representing
25        dentists;
26            (E) a statewide organization representing



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1        physicians;
2            (F) a statewide organization representing
3        health-system pharmacists;
4            (G) a statewide organization representing
5        optometrists;
6            (H) a statewide organization representing
7        pharmacists; and
8            (I) a statewide organization representing
9        pharmaceutical manufacturers;
10        (7) 2 members who are parents whose children have died
11    from drug overdoses, appointed by the Secretary of Human
12    Services;
13        (8) 2 members who are selected from county sheriffs,
14    municipal police chiefs, and State's Attorneys, appointed
15    by the Attorney General; and
16        (9) one member who is a peace officer specializing in
17    the enforcement of laws prohibiting the illegal
18    manufacture, delivery, and possession of controlled
19    substances and methamphetamine, appointed by the Director
20    of State Police.
21.    (b) The Task Force shall choose its chairperson from among
22its members and any other officers it deems appropriate.
23    (c) The Task Force shall initially meet within 30 days
24after the effective date of this Act. The members of the Task
25Force shall receive no compensation for their services as
26members of the Task Force but may be reimbursed for expenses



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1from appropriations made by law.
2    (d) The Task Force may seek the assistance of the
3Departments of Financial and Professional Regulation and
4Public Health in performing its duties.
5    (e) The Task Force shall:
6        (1) study prescription opioid abuse in this State;
7        (2) study the over-prescription of opioids such as
8    Hydrocodone and Oxycodone;
9        (3) recommend whether restrictions on prescriptions of
10    opioids should be enacted by the General Assembly; and
11        (4) recommend any other legislation, including
12    amendments to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, that
13    would have the effect of reducing opioid addiction and
14    abuse.
15    (f) The Task Force shall focus its efforts in a manner that
16best utilizes the unique skills and perspectives of the experts
17on the Task Force.
18    (g) After completion of its duties, the Task Force shall
19report its recommendations to the General Assembly. The report
20to the General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the
21House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in
22electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the
23Secretary shall direct.
24    (h) The Department of Human Services shall provide
25administrative and other support to the Task Force.
26    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon



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1becoming law.