HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1095        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1928

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Daniel M. Donahue

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to ensure safe medication administration.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1095        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1928

By Mr. Donahue of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1928) of Daniel M. Donahue and others relative to the administration of controlled substances.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act to ensure safe medication administration.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 7 of chapter 94C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (h), the following new subsection:-

  ( i ) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, only a dentist, nurse, physician, podiatrist, perfusionist, optometrist or veterinarian licensed as a professional by chapter 112 of the General Laws, or any student enrolled in a course of study for said profession acting under the supervision of said licensed person and in accordance with the General Laws, may administer any controlled substance in schedule II, III , IV, V or VI of Section 3 of chapter 94C of the General Laws.   This shall not be construed to prohibit the following:

(1) self-administration

(2) administration of epinephrine pens in an emergency;

(3) administration of controlled substances by emergency medical system personnel or

(4) administration of controlled substances by any ill, injured or infirm person's domestic partner or family member(s).  

For the purposes of this section, "self-administration" shall include the ability of any ill, injured or infirm person who has sufficient understanding of their prescribed controlled substance(s); the indications and contraindications for such controlled substance(s); a recollection of the administration schedule f or such controlled substance(s) and an ability to communicate this knowledge and the experienced effect of having taken a controlled substance, to supervise an unlicensed person in the direct administration of such controlled substance(s) to them.