2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 24 - Food And Drugs
Section 24:6J-3 - Definitions Relative To Overdose Prevention.

NJ Rev Stat § 24:6J-3 (2016) What's This?

24:6J-3 Definitions relative to overdose prevention.

3.As used in this act:

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Human Services.

"Drug overdose" means an acute condition including, but not limited to, physical illness, coma, mania, hysteria, or death resulting from the consumption or use of a controlled dangerous substance or another substance with which a controlled dangerous substance was combined and that a layperson would reasonably believe to require medical assistance.

"Emergency medical response entity" means an organization, company, governmental entity, community-based program, or healthcare system that provides pre-hospital emergency medical services and assistance to opioid or heroin addicts or abusers in the event of an overdose.

"Emergency medical responder" means a person, other than a health care practitioner, who is employed on a paid or volunteer basis in the area of emergency response, including, but not limited to, an emergency medical technician acting in that person's professional capacity.

"Health care practitioner" means a prescriber, pharmacist, or other individual whose professional practice is regulated pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes, and who, in accordance with the practitioner's scope of professional practice, prescribes or dispenses an opioid antidote.

"Medical assistance" means professional medical services that are provided to a person experiencing a drug overdose by a health care practitioner, acting within the practitioner's scope of professional practice, including professional medical services that are mobilized through telephone contact with the 911 telephone emergency service.

"Opioid antidote" means naloxone hydrochloride, or any other similarly acting drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of an opioid overdose.

"Patient" means a person who is at risk of an opioid overdose or a person who is not at risk of an opioid overdose who, in the person's individual capacity, obtains an opioid antidote from a health care practitioner, professional, or professional entity for the purpose of administering that antidote to another person in an emergency, in accordance with subsection c. of section 4 of P.L.2013, c.46 (C.24:6J-4). "Patient" includes a professional who is acting in that professional's individual capacity, but does not include a professional who is acting in a professional capacity.

"Prescriber" means a health care practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medications who, acting within the practitioner's scope of professional practice, prescribes an opioid antidote. "Prescriber" includes, but is not limited to, a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse.

"Professional" means a person, other than a health care practitioner, who is employed on a paid basis or is engaged on a volunteer basis in the areas of substance abuse treatment or therapy, criminal justice, or a related area, and who, acting in that person's professional or volunteer capacity, obtains an opioid antidote from a health care practitioner for the purposes of dispensing or administering that antidote to other parties in the course of business or volunteer activities. "Professional" includes, but is not limited to, a sterile syringe access program employee, or a law enforcement official.

"Professional entity" means an organization, company, governmental entity, community-based program, sterile syringe access program, or any other organized group that employs two or more professionals who engage, during the regular course of business or volunteer activities, in direct interactions with opioid or heroin addicts or abusers or other persons susceptible to opioid overdose, or with other persons who are in a position to provide direct medical assistance to opioid or heroin addicts or abusers in the event of an overdose.

"Recipient" means a patient, professional, professional entity, emergency medical responder, or emergency medical response entity who is prescribed or dispensed an opioid antidote in accordance with section 4 of P.L.2013, c.46 (C.24:6J-4).

L.2013, c.46, s.3; amended 2015, c.10, s.1.


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