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Full Text of HB4707  100th General Assembly




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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) Some medical studies have shown that the use of opioid
9versus non-opioid medication therapy did not result in
10significantly better pain-related function over the trial
12    (3) While opioid abuse is an endemic public health problem,
13there are patients in pain who may need opioids for legitimate
14medical reasons.
15    (4) It has the right to regulate the licensing of health
16care professionals and has enacted various licensing Acts for
17that purpose authorizing the Department of Financial and
18Professional Regulation to license and discipline these health
19care professionals.
20    (5) A legislative Task Force is necessary to study
21prescription opioid abuse, and to make recommendations of
22future 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 25 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 registered nurses;
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        physician assistants;
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;
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;
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        (10) 2 members who are representatives of providers of
22    addiction treatment services, appointed by the Secretary
23    of Human Services;
24        (11) 2 members who are public defenders, appointed by
25    the Attorney General; and
26        (12) 2 members who are physicians licensed to practice



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1    medicine in all its branches, including one physician
2    specializing in pain management and one physician
3    specializing in emergency medicine, nominated by a
4    statewide organization representing physicians licensed to
5    practice medicine in all its branches, appointed by the
6    Secretary of Human Services.
7    (b) The Task Force shall choose its chairperson from among
8its members and any other officers it deems appropriate.
9    (c) The Task Force shall initially meet within 30 days
10after the effective date of this Act. The members of the Task
11Force shall receive no compensation for their services as
12members of the Task Force but may be reimbursed for expenses
13from appropriations made by law.
14    (d) The Task Force may seek the assistance of the
15Departments of Financial and Professional Regulation and
16Public Health in performing its duties.
17    (e) The Task Force shall:
18        (1) study prescription opioid abuse in this State;
19        (2) study the over-prescription of opioids such as
20    Hydrocodone and Oxycodone; and
21        (3) recommend any legislation, including amendments to
22    the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, that would have the
23    effect of reducing opioid addiction and abuse.
24    (f) The Task Force shall focus its efforts in a manner that
25best utilizes the unique skills and perspectives of the experts
26on the Task Force.



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1    (g) The Task Force shall submit a report of its
2recommendations to the General Assembly on or before December
331, 2019. The report to the General Assembly shall be filed
4with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the
5Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner
6that the Clerk and the Secretary shall direct.
7    (h) The Department of Human Services shall provide
8administrative and other support to the Task Force.
9    (i) This Act is repealed on January 1, 2021.
10    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
11becoming law.