ASSEMBLY, No. 4883
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED JANUARY 15, 2019
Assemblyman JOHN ARMATO
District 2 (Atlantic)
Assemblywoman YVONNE LOPEZ
District 19 (Middlesex)
Assemblyman ANDREW ZWICKER
District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)
Assemblywoman Murphy, Assemblyman Verrelli, Assemblywomen Reynolds-Jackson, Mosquera, Assemblyman Karabinchak, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle, Assemblyman Benson, Assemblywoman Carter, Assemblymen Land, Andrzejczak, Freiman, Mukherji, Houghtaling, Assemblywomen Downey, Swain, Assemblymen Tully, Rooney, Chiaravalloti, Assemblywomen Jimenez, Timberlake, McKnight, Assemblymen Conaway, Space and Wirths
Requires hospitals to include warning in patient discharge papers concerning risks of addiction and overdose associated with opioid medications.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on February 7, 2019, with amendments.
An Act concerning hospitals and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Each general acute care hospital licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) shall include with patient discharge papers1, provided that the patient is discharged from the hospital with a prescription for an opioid drug,1 information concerning the risks of addiction, overdose, and death associated with the use of opioid medications. The informational materials shall include contact information for substance use disorder treatment and recovery resources for those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder involving opioids. The Department of Health shall develop informational materials that hospitals may use for the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section.
2. This act shall take effect 60 days after the date of enactment, except that the Commissioner of Health may take any administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.