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Model Universal Access to Naloxone Act

An updated model law to reduce opioid overdose deaths that makes naloxone universally available to first responders and the general public. The act also ensures comprehensive financial support for naloxone.

PDMP Informational 1-Pager

This document contains fundamental information about Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and answers many common questions about PDMPs/PMPs.

Congressional Briefing - Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs): Critical Decision Support Tools to Respond to the Opioid Crisis - Final Agenda and Presentation

These Congressional briefing materials highlight how PDMPs are critical decision support tools to respond to the opioid crisis.

NPS and Analogues: 2017 Bill Status Update

This document provides a summary of legislation and regulation introduced during calendar year 2017 that pertains to novel psychoactive substances (“NPS”) and controlled substance analogues.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are critical decision support tools that state officials, health care professionals, and law enforcement officers use to address opioid and   prescription drug abuse and diversion. PDMPs electronically collect, analyze and disclose specified information about prescribed controlled substances and other monitored substances dispensed to patients and their representatives. 

Novel Psychoactive Substances

Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), commonly referred to as synthetic drugs or designer drugs, include substances such as synthetic cannabinoids (“spice”), substituted cathinones (“bath salts”), and fentanyl analogues. NPS are manufactured by chemists to mimic the effects of other, often illegal, drugs. The resulting substances can have stronger or different effects on humans than the mimicked drug. Because many NPS are created in unregulated labs, the exact chemical composition of a particular NPS may be unknown to the user.

Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving is the act of driving a motor vehicle illegally after consuming an impairing substance other than alcohol. As with alcohol, drugged driving can occur when a driver exhibits signs of driving while under the influence or while impaired by a drug. Drugged driving may also if a driver operates a vehicle with more than a specified amount of a drug in their bloodstream, where such specified amount may be anything above zero. State laws differ substantially in the types of drugs covered by these laws, which run the gamut from substances illegal in all states (such heroin) to controlled substances whose legality varies (such as marijuana) to widely used over-the-counter substances (such as pseudoephedrine).