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. The summary is divided into three categories of...

NPS and Analogues: Summary of State Laws

This document is a product of NAMSDL’s extensive review and analysis of current state laws addressing novel psychoactive substances (“NPS”) and controlled substance analogues. On a state-by-state basis, NAMSDL lays out laws pertaining to many issues,...

Integrating & Expanding Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data: Lessons from Nine States

This report discusses the efforts of nine states to increase use of the PDMP by integrating PDMP data into health information technology.

Marijuana Comparison of State Laws Allowing Use for Medicinal Purposes

Including the ballot measures enacted during the November 2016 election, 29 states and the District of Columbia now allow persons with certain debilitating medical conditions to use, possess, purchase (in many cases), and cultivate (in some cases)...

Mandated Use of State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Highlights of Key State Requirements

This summary highlights the specific circumstances in which prescribers have to review PMP data before prescribing controlled substances, treating pain, treating drug addiction, and treating injured workers.

Alcohol
Alcohol use disorders are medical conditions that doctors can diagnose when a patient's drinking causes distress or harm. In the United States, about 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder, classified as either alcohol dependence—perhaps better known as alcoholism—or alcohol abuse.
Continuum of Addiction Treatment Services
Drug and alcohol abuse is often complex in nature and permeates every facet of an individual's life. The individual's personal health and functioning within the family unit suffers; obligations in the workplace and community suffer.
Controlled Substances & Prescription Drugs
A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government and whose general availability is restricted. Controlled substances are subject to legislative control.
Criminal Justice
From Maine to California, and every village and hamlet in between, Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Governors, Attorneys General, frontline officers, and treatment providers have all said that the number one escalating issue is prescription drugs...the pills.
Federal Issues
There is significant overlap between state and federal drug and alcohol laws and policies. This overlap requires lawmakers and policymakers to perform a balancing act when dealing with issues like constitutional privacy considerations, federal scheduling restrictions, and interstate commerce.