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  • Acts
  • 2004
  • Chapter 189 AN ACT PROVIDING FOR AN INVESTIGATION BY A SPECIAL COMMISSION RELATIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF OXYCONTIN AND OTHER DRUG USE.

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. There shall be a special commission to study the impact and effects on youth of the abuse of OxyContin and other prescription and illicit drugs including, but not limited to, Duragesic, Klonopin, Methadone, Morphine, Vicodin, as well as their generic equivalents, and cocaine, heroin, GHB, and MDMA. The commission shall consist of 3 members appointed by the speaker of the house, including the house chair of the joint committee on health care, 3 members appointed by the senate president, including the senate chair of the joint committee on health care, the commissioner of mental health, the commissioner of public health drug control program and 3 persons to be appointed by the governor, all of whom shall be members of the medical and substance abuse treatment community with specialty experience in drug regulation, prescription, treatment and abuse. The commission shall study the prescription, dispensing, treatment and education with respect to those drugs and shall submit a report, including legislative recommendations, if any, to the clerk of the house of representatives who shall forward the same to the joint committee on health care and the house and senate committee on ways and means on or before April 1, 2005.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect as of July 1, 2004.

Approved July 19, 2004.