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house Bill H.R. 1725

Does a National Prescription Drug Monitoring System Need Reauthorization?

Argument in favor

The systems that are in place provide a valuable tool for those who are dispensing and prescribing medication to help prevent addiction and abuse. They need to be reauthorized and improved, not allowed to expire.

Laurie 's Opinion
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09/07/2015
This program should be re-authorized. The money comes. From the Federal government, them goes to the States. As long as there is some Federal oversight as to how each State is using the money, there shouldn't be a problem. We must stop the practice of "doctor shopping" for good. The drug epidemic in each State is much worse than most people know. This issue must be addressed now because we are losing the younger generation to drugs and the lack of education.
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09/07/2015
Billions of dollars in prescription medications are funneled into the black market by miscreants. The more we can do to stop this leak, the better.
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operaman's Opinion
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09/06/2015
Definitely. As long as I can search the internet on my iMac to see what drugs my neighbors or co-workers are taking. It's, let the state take of monitoring
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Argument opposed

These programs shouldn’t continue to be administered at the state level, the federal government needs to consolidate all of this information under its authority.

BTSundra's Opinion
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03/09/2016
Keep the government out of medicine, that's what drives up the cost.
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Tee's Opinion
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09/08/2015
This has only been more of a hassle for the people who are not addicts and need their medication. Especially for terminally ill patients whom are on several pain medications. The pharmacy only will release them to patient since they have to present ID.
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JayinNC's Opinion
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09/08/2015
What my Doctor prescribes me and when without fear of the DEA kicking down my doctors door, is between me and my doctor.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1725?

This bill would reauthorize the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER), which gives grants to states to monitor prescription drug use. NASPER funding allows healthcare providers, regulators, state licensing agencies, and law enforcement to monitor and track prescription drug information to prevent and stop abuse.

The NASPER program would be reauthorized through fiscal year 2020 to:

  • Give grant funding to maintain and operate existing state controlled substance monitoring programs;

  • Require the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to redistribute any funds that are returned among the remaining grantees;

  • Require a state to give HHS aggregate data and other information to help HHS evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s program;

  • Expand the program to include commonwealths and territories of the U.S.

NASPER grants would be provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to establish, implement, and improve prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). PDMPs help providers access accurate prescription information, and screen patients who are at risk for addiction so they can receive alternative treatment if necessary.

States receiving these grants would have to bring prescribers and dispensers up to speed on the state’s controlled substance monitoring system. States would also have to teach prescribers and dispensers the benefits of the system to them and society.

Impact

People who are at risk of abusing or have abused prescription drugs, prescribers and dispensers of prescription drugs, and relevant agencies at the federal and state levels.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1725

$43.00 Million
The CBO estimates that this bill would cost $43 million over the 2016-2020 period, or about $8 million per year.

More Information

In-Depth: The lead sponsor of this legislation, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), cited the toll of prescription drug abuse in his home state in an introductory press release:

“In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, more than 1000 individuals die each year from prescription drug overdoses. This staggering loss of life makes reauthorizing NASPER a critical step toward addressing this growing national crisis. NASPER will provide states the resources they need to allow physicians to properly treat their patients while cracking down on the interstate trafficking of prescription medications and patients who are simply doctor shopping.”

This bill was passed unanimously by the House Energy and Commerce Committee via voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user xcorex)

AKA

National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend and reauthorize the controlled substance monitoring program under section 399O of the Public Health Service Act, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed September 8th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 26th, 2015

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    Keep the government out of medicine, that's what drives up the cost.
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    This has only been more of a hassle for the people who are not addicts and need their medication. Especially for terminally ill patients whom are on several pain medications. The pharmacy only will release them to patient since they have to present ID.
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    What my Doctor prescribes me and when without fear of the DEA kicking down my doctors door, is between me and my doctor.
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    Stop making things so complicated. Its the people who really need the meds that get punished.
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    8 million a year wow! Stop the spending!
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    The war on drugs caused this mess. What genius thinks more government regulation on any level will make it better? Besides, there are many Americans who suffer from chronic pain. Draconian measures just make it harder for them to get adequate treatment. Nothing will improve until we stop filling our prisons with drug offenders & focus on rehabilitation. The punitive approach has failed. Excessive policing has failed. The current approach to regulation is clearly not working. Could you guys just back off & not pee on this wall? I'm certain there are smart people in the U.S. (Dr Carl Hart, for one) who could figure this out. None of them appear to be employed by federal or state government in any capacity.
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    Obama care should cover this,according to law any and all health caree issues should be covered by O-care.
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    These laws punish those with chronic pain issues. Legalize marijuana, it's an excellent pain reliever and non-addictive. Many people who are using prescription pain killers can switch, save money & hassles with their doctors. Some people are going to abuse things no matter what they are, be it alcohol, pain meds, tobacco or whatever.
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    This program should be re-authorized. The money comes. From the Federal government, them goes to the States. As long as there is some Federal oversight as to how each State is using the money, there shouldn't be a problem. We must stop the practice of "doctor shopping" for good. The drug epidemic in each State is much worse than most people know. This issue must be addressed now because we are losing the younger generation to drugs and the lack of education.
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    Taking $43 and lighting it on fire would accomplish just as much. The problem with drugs isn't a lack of government bureaucracy. The problem with drugs is drugs. Leave the money in the people's pockets and see if they don't improve their own lot with it. Kill it.
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    Too easy for the government to misuse this
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    Too much Unum... Not enough Pluribus. States rights should be secondary when it comes to issues that effect all citizens. A patchwork quilt of disparate regulations is not going to help anyone, and leaves the door open for science deniers and zealots to push through discriminatory legislation.
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    Consolidate all the systems and get your shit together and stop wasting our tax money. This is absolutely insane that you people can't do one thing right.
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    Stop spending my damn money!
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    Let the market decide what is best. Like any product, pharmaceutical corps tell the consumer all possible side effects and let the consumer decide the plusses and minuses.
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    Let the states decide
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    These records are better kept and utilized on a State level. Expecting everything to be consolidated and disseminated by the Federal government to too unwieldy and slow.
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    I had surgery a while back and I tossed the useless pain pills. Honestly over the counter has more power. Ever had your stomach and intestines cut open and sent home with what they are allowed to prescribe? Let me tell you, if you had, you would never have allowed this.
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    Drugs should be line fruit
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    Don't get me wrong, I believe that the effort has merit, but the costs are extremely high. I am a true believer that before you renew a program/effort, there should be a measure of success to review. Not really a fan of opinions. I rather see the facts.
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