|Posted:||July 7, 2017 04:39 PM|
|From:||Representative Mark Rozzi|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Adding Naltrexone to the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act.|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to include naltrexone, which is used to treat opioid disorders and alcohol use, in the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act of 2014 (P.L.2911, No.191).
This proposal will add naltrexone to the definition of controlled substance under the act. While I understand that naltrexone is not a controlled substance, it is imperative that naltrexone is captured under the act as its combined use with opioids may be life-threatening.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration explains that if patients who are treated with naltrexone relapse after a period of abstinence, it is possible that the dosage of opioid that was previously used may result in respiratory arrest and circulatory collapse.
After meeting with specialists in my district, I feel that the inclusion of naltrexone in ABC-MAP is necessary in assessing a patient's situation. Therefore, in an effort to protect patients, I urge your support and co-sponsorship.
Introduced as HB2047