Laws and Policies

Recent Key Utah State Legislation to help reduce drug overdose deaths:

Naloxone Law (2014 H.B. 119)

  • Permits physicians to prescribe naloxone to third parties (someone who is usually a caregiver or a potential bystander to a person at risk for an overdose).
  • Permits individuals to administer naloxone without legal liability.

Good Samaritan Law (2014 H.B. 11)

  • Enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug.

To view legislation related to prescription pain medication, click on the year below.

2015

  • S. B. 119 - Prescription Database Revisions:  This bill provides that a person may request that the division provide to the person his or her records that are in the controlled substance database; requires law enforcement to use a search warrant to gain database information related to a controlled substance investigation and requires specification of the person regarding whom the information is sought.
  • H.B. 395 - Controlled Substance Database Amendments:  This bill requires the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to implement options for: real-time submission of data into the controlled substance database; and 24-hour daily or next business day batch submission of data; requires a pharmacist to comply with the real-time or 24-hour submission requirements on and after January 1, 2016.

2014

  • S.B. 29 - Controlled Substance Database Amendments:  This bill provides access to the Controlled Substance Database to authorized employees of a Medicaid managed care organization if the Medicaid managed care organization suspects the Medicaid recipient is improperly obtaining a controlled substance; requires the Department of Health and the Department of Commerce to have a written agreement regarding the Medicaid managed care organization authorized employee access to the Controlled Substance Database.
  • S.B. 178 - Controlled Substance Database Modifications:  This bill allows the pharmacist-in-charge to designate up to three licensed pharmacy technicians to have access to the database on behalf of the pharmacist in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • H.B. 11 - Overdose Reporting Amendments:  This bill provides that a person who reports a person's overdose from a controlled substance or other substance may claim an affirmative defense to specified charges of violating the Utah Controlled Substances Act if the person remains with the person who is subject to the overdose and cooperates with responding medical providers and law enforcement officers; and provides that remaining with a person subject to an overdose and cooperating with medical providers and law enforcement is a mitigating factor when determining the penalty for a related violation of the Utah Controlled Substances Act.

2013

  •  S.B. 214 - Continuing Education for Prescription Drugs:  This bill requires certain controlled substance prescribers to complete at least four hours of continuing education as a requisite for license renewal; requires that at least 3.5 hours of the required continuing education hours be completed in controlled substance prescribing classes.
  • H.B. 270 - Prescription Drug Database Access Amendments:  This bill allows the director of the Utah Department of Health to allow access to the controlled substance database to designated individuals conducting scientific studies regarding the use or abuse of controlled substances. 

2012

  • S.B. 127 - Controlled Substances Prescriber Training:  This bill provides that completing the controlled substance database online tutorial and passing the online test counts as 1/2 hour of continuing professional education in controlled substances prescribing.
  • H.B.  257 – Controlled Substance Database Amendments:  This bill prohibits unauthorized use of the controlled substance database as a means of obtaining information from other states or a federal drug monitoring program; provides for the designation by a practitioner of persons who are employed by the same business as the practitioner to gain access to the database at the request of the practitioner; and provides a procedure for an emergency room employee to look up information in the database for a practitioner who is treating an emergency room patient.
  • H.B. 306 - Disposal of Unused Prescription Drugs:  This bill enacts a requirement that the division allow a pharmacy to take back unused prescription drugs if the federal rules permit a pharmacy take back program; and requires the division to enact administrative rules regarding unused drug take back programs once federal rules related to drug take back programs are published.

2011

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2009

  • H.B. 106 – Controlled Substance Database Amendments: This bill expands prescriber and pharmacist access to the CSD; grants mental health therapists limited access to the CSD; allows prescribers to designate up to three employees to access the CSD; and allows CSD information to be included in a patient’s medical file.
  • H.B. 128 – Electronic Prescribing Act: This bill requires a prescriber to give all patients the option to participate in electronic prescribing, if prescribed a drug or device on or after July 1, 2012.

2008

  • H.B. 119 – Controlled Substance Database Amendments: This bill provides for education of the public regarding the CSD; makes misuse of the CSD a third degree felony; and establishes a pilot program for real-time reporting and access to the CSD by pharmacies and prescribers.

2007

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