Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 94C of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 24, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 24. (a) A practitioner who dispenses a controlled substance in Schedule I, II or III in the course of research conducted pursuant to the provisions of section eight or for the purpose of treating for his drug dependency a drug dependent person as defined in section thirty-eight of chapter one hundred and twenty-three shall report to the commissioner or his designee identifying information and the address of each research subject or patient to whom such controlled substance is dispensed, and the name, dosage and strength per dosage unit of the substance so dispensed. Said commissioner shall maintain records of each such report.
(b) Such records maintained by the commissioner shall be closed to the public and shall not be available to any law enforcement officer for any purpose, nor shall they be used in the criminal prosecution of such research subject or patient pursuant to any provision of this chapter, nor shall they be admissible as evidence against such research subject or patient in any criminal proceeding.
(c) If the commissioner determines that the research subject or patient is receiving any controlled substance from more than one source and in quantities which he determines to be harmful to the health of the research subject or patient, said commissioner shall so notify the practitioners who have dispensed the controlled substance.
(d) The failure of a practitioner to report as aforesaid shall constitute sufficient grounds for the termination of the research project or study pursuant to the provisions of subsection (c) of section eight, or the revocation, suspension or modification of the practitioner's registration, or both.
(e) In order to prevent the dispensing of controlled substances to the same individual from multiple sources or the unlawful diversion of controlled substances, the commissioner shall pursuant to the provisions of chapter thirty A adopt rules and regulations for carrying out the provisions of this section.
(f) Every physician attending or treating a case of acute poisoning caused by any controlled substance shall report the circumstances of such poisoning to the commissioner; provided, however, that such physician shall not report the identity of any person who has been so poisoned to the commissioner or to any law enforcement officer or agency for any purpose without the written consent of such person, nor shall the identity of such person be admissible as evidence against such person in any criminal proceeding. The commissioner may then require or conduct further investigation into the circumstances of such poisoning.
(g) This section shall not apply to a practitioner who has been authorized by the Attorney General of the United States to withhold the names and other identifying characteristics of certain persons pursuant to 21 USC 872(c).
SECTION 2. Said chapter 94C is hereby further amended by striking out section 29, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 29. (a) The commissioner in cooperation with the commissioner of mental health and the commissioner of education shall carry out educational programs designed to prevent and deter misuse and abuse of controlled substances. In connection with these programs he shall:
(1) promote better recognition of the problem of misuse and abuse of controlled substances within the regulated industry and among interested groups and organizations;
(2) assist the regulated industry and interested groups and organizations in contributing to the reduction of misuse and abuse of controlled substances;
(3) consult with interested groups and organizations to aid them in solving administrative and organizational problems;
(4) evaluate procedures, projects, techniques and controls conducted or proposed as part of educational programs on misuse and abuse of controlled substances;
(5) disseminate the results of research on misuse and abuse of controlled substances to promote a better public understanding of what problems exist and what can be done to combat them; and
(6) assist the attorney general in the education and training of state and local law enforcement officials in their efforts to control misuse and abuse of controlled substances.
(b) The commissioner shall encourage research on misuse and abuse of controlled substances. In connection with the research, and in furtherance of the enforcement of this chapter, he shall:
(1) establish methods to assess accurately the effects of controlled substances and identify and characterize those with potential for abuse;
(2) make studies and undertake programs of research to:
(i) develop new or improved approaches, techniques, systems, equipment and devices to strengthen the enforcement of this chapter;
(ii) determine patterns of misuse and abuse of controlled substances and the social effects thereof; and
(iii) improve methods for preventing, predicting, understanding and dealing with the misuse and abuse of controlled substances; and
(3) enter into contracts with public agencies, institutions of higher education and private organizations or individuals for the purpose of conducting research, demonstrations or special projects which bear directly on misuse and abuse of controlled substances.
(c) The commissioner and the commissioner of mental health may enter into contracts for educational and research activities.