2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 24 - Food And Drugs
Section 24:6J-5 - Overdose Prevention Information.

NJ Rev Stat § 24:6J-5 (2016) What's This?

24:6J-5 Overdose prevention information.

5. a. (1) A prescriber or other health care practitioner who prescribes or dispenses an opioid antidote in accordance with subsection a. of section 4 of P.L.2013, c.46 (C.24:6J-4), shall ensure that overdose prevention information is provided to the antidote recipient. The requisite overdose prevention information shall include, but is not limited to: information on opioid overdose prevention and recognition; instructions on how to perform rescue breathing and resuscitation; information on opioid antidote dosage and instructions on opioid antidote administration; information describing the importance of calling 911 emergency telephone service for assistance with an opioid overdose; and instructions for appropriate care of an overdose victim after administration of the opioid antidote.

(2)A professional or professional entity that dispenses an opioid antidote pursuant to a standing order, in accordance with subsection b. of section 4 of P.L.2013, c.46 (C.24:6J-4), shall ensure that each patient who is dispensed an opioid antidote also receives a copy of the overdose prevention information that has been provided to the professional or professional entity pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection.

b. (1) In order to fulfill the information distribution requirements of subsection a. of this section, overdose prevention information may be provided by the prescribing or dispensing health care practitioner, by the dispensing professional or professional entity, or by a community-based organization, or other organization that addresses medical or social issues related to drug addiction, and with which the health care practitioner, professional, or professional entity, as appropriate, maintains a written agreement. Any such written agreement shall incorporate, at a minimum: procedures for the timely dissemination of overdose prevention information; information as to how employees or volunteers providing the information will be trained; and standards for recordkeeping under paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(2)The dissemination of overdose prevention information in accordance with this section, and the contact information for the persons receiving such information, to the extent known, shall be documented by the prescribing or dispensing health care practitioner, professional, or professional entity, as appropriate, in: (a) the patient's medical record, if applicable; or (b) another appropriate record or log, if the patient's medical record is unavailable or inaccessible, or if the antidote recipient is a professional or professional entity acting in their professional capacity; or (c) any other similar recordkeeping location, as specified in a written agreement that has been executed pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection.

c.In order to facilitate the dissemination of overdose prevention information in accordance with this section, the Commissioner of Human Services, in consultation with Statewide organizations representing physicians, advanced practice nurses, or physician assistants, and organizations operating community-based programs, sterile syringe access programs, or other programs which address medical or social issues related to drug addiction, may develop training materials in video, electronic, or other appropriate formats, and disseminate these materials to health care practitioners; professionals and professional entities that are authorized by standing order to dispense opioid antidotes; and organizations that are authorized to disseminate overdose prevention information under a written agreement executed pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section.

L.2013, c.46, s.5; amended 2015, c.10, s.3.


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