ASSEMBLY, No. 3944

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 20, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† VINCENT MAZZEO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman† JOSEPH A. LAGANA

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman† VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman† DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman† MARLENE CARIDE

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman† BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Senator† PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

Senator† JOSEPH F. VITALE

District 19 (Middlesex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Caputo, Assemblywoman Jimenez, Assemblyman Space, Senators Turner and Greenstein

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires DOE to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning use and misuse of prescription opioids.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning the use of prescription opioids by students who participate in sports and supplementing chapter 40 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.†† The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, shall develop within 120 days of the effective date of this act, an educational fact sheet that provides information concerning the use and misuse of opioid drugs in the event that a student-athlete or cheerleader is prescribed an opioid for a sports-related injury.†

†††† b.††† A school district or nonpublic school that participates in an interscholastic sports program or cheerleading program shall distribute the educational fact sheet annually to the parents or guardians of student-athletes and cheerleaders and shall obtain a signed acknowledgment of the receipt of the fact sheet by the student-athlete or cheerleader and his parent or guardian.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, to develop an educational fact sheet that provides information concerning the use and misuse of opioid drugs in the event that a student-athlete or cheerleader is prescribed an opioid for a sports-related injury.† The bill requires school districts and nonpublic schools that participate in interscholastic sports or cheerleading programs to distribute the fact sheet annually to the parents or guardians of student-athletes and cheerleaders, and to obtain a signed acknowledgement of the receipt of the fact sheet by the student and his parent or guardian.

†††† It is the sponsorís intent to ensure that young people and their parents are educated as early as possible about the dangers of opioid abuse and addiction.† It is critical to provide this information to students who participate in athletics to make certain that, in the event they are prescribed an opioid for an injury, they will be fully knowledgeable of the risks of misuse.