The purpose of my bill is to make it illegal for doctors to prescribe over 50 morphine milligram equivalent (MME)

  • Posted on: 15 March 2019
  • By: Adrian Blocker
Bill Number: 
WHTII4
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
AN ACT to Amend section 11 in the New Jersey Opioid Prescription Bill P.L.2017, c.28 (C.24:21-15.2).
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of New Jersey that it will be illegal for doctors to prescribe over 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) of opioids to their patients who suffer from chronic pain.
Sections: 
Section I: Section 11 of P.L.2017, c.28 (C.24:21-15.2) is amended to read as follows: A PRACTITIONER SHALL NOT ISSUE AN INITIAL PRESCRIPTION FOR AN OPIOID DRUG IN A QUANTITY EXCEEDING 50 MORPHINE MILLIGRAM EQUIVALENTS (MME).
Section II: For patients with chronic pain, doctors will be legally allowed to prescribe up to 50 MME a day, unless it is deemed medically necessary to prescribe more.
Section III: A Prescription Opioid Advisory Committee shall be made as part of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners to ensure that doctors follow this law and do not prescribe over the 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME). The committee will also make the final decision if a patient is deemed medically necessary for more than 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) of opioids. The committee will meet once per month.
Section IV: Doctors who prescribe more than 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME), when not approved by the committee as medically necessary, will serve time in prison depending on how much they go over the legal dosage.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect six months after this bill is passed to give doctors enough time to wean patients off of their current dosage.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to minimize opioid addiction and set guidelines for doctors who are prescribing opioids.
Author's Note: 
Financial Statement: The committee members will be paid an annual salary of $170,000. Joining the committee will require application from any doctors and lawyers who would like to join.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary will come from the Department of Health and Human Services. Funds generated as a result or this law will go back to the Department of Health and Human Services. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the Prescription Opioid Advisory Committee.
Speedpass Consideration: 
Yes
Secondary Sponsor: