A tax to stop opioid abuse?

Sep 07, 2017
opioid tax

This year several states - including Massachusetts - have considered a tax on opioid-based prescription painkiller sales.

The proposals vary from state to state, but can involve taxing some combination of manufacturers, producers, importers, and distributors. The taxes can be based on gross receipts, the number of pills, or the amount of addicting substances in the drugs. Some proposals have exceptions for opioids used for hospice and cancer patients.

All of the proposals send the tax revenue to opioid addiction treatment or prevention.

Prescription monitoring for veterinarians?

Aug 25, 2017
veterinarians and the prescription drug monitoring program

New Hampshire, like most states, has a prescription drug monitoring database, which tracks the history of prescriptions for drugs with a greater risk for addiction and abuse, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Starting in 2016, all healthcare professionals in the state were required to check the database before writing a prescription for one of the painkillers it covers. That included health care professionals whose patients are furry and four-legged.

NH sues over OxyContin marketing

Aug 10, 2017
oxycontin

The New Hampshire Attorney General is suing the manufacturer of OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

According to the court filing, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, violated New Hampshire law by:

NH has highest cocaine use among young adults

Dec 27, 2016

According to a new federal report, New Hampshire has the highest rate of cocaine use among young adults in the United States. 

The report, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), used survey results from 2013, 2014, and 2015.

10.5% of New Hampshire adults age 18 to 25 reported using cocaine in the past year.

Opioid prescriptions down, but still high

Nov 30, 2016

According to the annual report from New Hampshire’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), the number of highly addictive opioid prescriptions decreased by roughly 10% from 2015 to 2016. 

This was true even though the number of doctors using the PDMP increased.

The PDMP is a database that requires doctors to record addictive prescriptions.  The database then shows if a patient is seeking prescriptions in multiple locations, or “doctor shopping.”

Prescription monitoring requirement?

Mar 16, 2016

The New Hampshire Legislature is reviewing two bills that would require use of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program by medical professionals when prescribing opioid drugs: HB 1423 and SB 523. Currently, pharmacies and other facilities that dispense prescriptions must send detailed information to the database.

Officials weigh in on drug task force recommendations

Dec 16, 2015

After nearly three weeks of meetings, the Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic issued a final report, sorting roughly 20 proposals into three categories: those that would be expedited for a full legislative vote by mid-January, those to be considered ‘early’ in the regular session, and those that would be submitted through the regular processes.

Special drug task force issues report

Dec 16, 2015

On Tuesday, December 15 the Joint Task Force for the Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic issued its recommendations

The Task Force supports voting on the following before the end of January:

Special taskforce on heroin legislation

Nov 19, 2015

On Wednesday, November 18 the New Hampshire Legislature voted to create a special taskforce on opioid abuse.

The taskforce will recommend legislation for the full House and Senate to consider in January.

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) proposed a comprehensive drug bill, but Republican leaders wanted more time to consider the costs and benefits of any legislation.

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