Rep. Sue Scherer

Filed: 4/16/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4707 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1purpose authorizing the Department of Financial and
2Professional Regulation to license and discipline these
3medical professionals.
4    (5) A legislative Task Force is necessary to study the
5extent of over prescription of opioids to patients, and to make
6recommendations of future legislation to address this issue.
7    Section 10. Prescription Drug Task Force.
8    (a) The Prescription Drug Task Force is created. The Task
9Force shall be composed of 18 members appointed as follows:
10        (1) one member of the House of Representatives
11    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
12        (2) one member of the House of Representatives
13    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
14    Representatives;
15        (3) one member of the Senate appointed by the President
16    of the Senate;
17        (4) one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
18    Leader of the Senate;
19        (5) the Director of Public Health or his or her
20    designee;
21        (6) one member from each of the following organizations
22    appointed by the Director of Public Health from nominees
23    made by the respective organization:
24            (A) the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice
25        Nursing;



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1            (B) the Illinois Health and Hospital Association;
2            (C) the Illinois Retail Merchants Association;
3            (D) the Illinois State Dental Society;
4            (E) the Illinois State Medical Society;
5            (F) the Illinois Council of Health-System
6        Pharmacists;
7            (G) the Illinois Optometric Association; and
8            (H) the Illinois Pharmacists Association;
9        (7) 2 members who are parents whose children have died
10    from drug overdoses, appointed by the Director of Public
11    Health;
12        (8) 2 members who are selected from county sheriffs,
13    municipal police chiefs, and State's Attorneys, appointed
14    by the Attorney General; and
15        (9) one member who is a peace officer specializing in
16    the enforcement of laws prohibiting the illegal
17    manufacture, delivery, and possession of controlled
18    substances and methamphetamine, appointed by the Director
19    of State Police.
20.    (b) The Task Force shall choose its chairperson from among
21its members and any other officers it deems appropriate.
22    (c) The Task Force shall initially meet within 30 days
23after the effective date of this Act. The members of the Task
24Force shall receive no compensation for their services as
25members of the Task Force but may be reimbursed for expenses
26from appropriations made by law.



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1    (d) The Task Force may seek the assistance of the
2Departments of Financial and Professional Regulation and
3Public Health in performing its duties.
4    (e) The Task Force shall:
5        (1) study prescription opioid abuse in this State;
6        (2) study the over-prescription of opioids such as
7    Hydrocodone and Oxycodone;
8        (3) recommend whether restrictions on prescriptions of
9    opioids should be enacted by the General Assembly; and
10        (4) recommend any other legislation, including
11    amendments to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, that
12    would have the effect of reducing opioid addiction and
13    abuse.
14    (f) The Department of Human Services shall provide
15administrative and other support to the Task Force.
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
17becoming law.".