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NJ Panel Advances Bill To Close Loophole For Opioid Access

Law360, Clifton, N.J. (November 30, 2017, 5:00 PM EST) -- A New Jersey Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation to close a “dangerous loophole” that lawmakers said allows opioid addicts to receive certain prescriptions in hospital emergency rooms without their medication history being checked on a statewide database.

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee approved Assembly Bill A-4741 and the state Senate version, S-3118, which would require practitioners to check such information before issuing the prescriptions to emergency department patients, according to Jennifer Sciortino, a spokeswoman for the Assembly Democrats.

Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson, D-Mercer/Middlesex,...
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