Rep. Sue Scherer

Filed: 3/7/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4707 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Prescription Drug Task Force Act.
6    Section 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that:
7    (1) Prescription opioid abuse is endemic in this State.
8    (2) Many physicians in this State over-prescribe Schedule
9II controlled substances such as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone for
10pain relief that are classified as opiates.
11    (3) Some medical studies have shown that the use of opioid
12versus non-opioid medication therapy did not result in
13significantly better pain-related function over the trial
15    (4) It has the right to regulate the licensing of
16physicians and has enacted the Medical Practice Act of 1987 for



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1that purpose authorizing the Department of Financial and
2Professional Regulation to license and discipline physicians.
3    (5) A legislative Task Force is necessary to study the
4extent of over prescription of opioids to patients, and to make
5recommendations of future legislation to address this issue.
6    Section 10. Prescription Drug Task Force.
7    (a) The Prescription Drug Task Force is created. The Task
8Force shall be composed of 17 members appointed as follows:
9        (1) one member of the House of Representatives
10    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
11        (2) one member of the House of Representatives
12    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
13    Representatives;
14        (3) one member of the Senate appointed by the President
15    of the Senate;
16        (4) one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
17    Leader of the Senate;
18        (5) the Director of Public Health or his or her
19    designee;
20        (5) one member from each of the following organizations
21    appointed by the Director of Public Health from nominees
22    made by the respective organization:
23            (A) the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice
24        Nursing;
25            (B) the Illinois Health and Hospital Association;



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1            (C) the Illinois Retail Merchants Association;
2            (D) the Illinois State Dental Society;
3            (E) the Illinois State Medical Society;
4            (F) the Illinois Council of Health-System
5        Pharmacists; and
6            (G) the Illinois Optometric Association;
7        (6) 2 members who are parents whose children have died
8    from drug overdoses, appointed by the Director of Public
9    Health;
10        (7) 2 members who are selected from county sheriffs,
11    municipal police chiefs, and State's Attorneys, appointed
12    by the Attorney General; and
13        (8) one member who is a peace officer specializing in
14    the enforcement of laws prohibiting the illegal
15    manufacture, delivery, and possession of controlled
16    substances and methamphetamine, appointed by the Director
17    of State Police.
18.    (b) The Task Force shall choose its chairperson from among
19its members and any other officers it deems appropriate.
20    (c) The Task Force shall initially meet within 30 days
21after the effective date of this Act. The members of the Task
22Force shall receive no compensation for their services as
23members of the Task Force but may be reimbursed for expenses
24from appropriations made by law.
25    (d) The Task Force may seek the assistance of the
26Departments of Human Services, Financial and Professional



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1Regulation, and Public Health in performing its duties.
2    (e) The Task Force shall:
3        (1) study prescription opioid abuse in this State;
4        (2) study the over-prescription by physicians of
5    opioids such as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone;
6        (3) recommend whether restrictions on physician
7    prescriptions of opioids should be enacted by the General
8    Assembly; and
9        (4) recommend any other legislation, including
10    amendments to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, that
11    would have the effect of reducing opioid addiction and
12    abuse.
13    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.".