The Special Commission on Substance Misuse and Pain Treatment Education (“Special Commission”) was established pursuant to Section 58 of Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016. Consisting of 15 members, the Special Commission is appointed by statutorily named organizations and the Governor, reflecting a broad distribution of prescribers, higher education, and substance use disorder and pain treatment experts.

Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016: Authorizing Statute

SECTION 58.

(a) There shall be a special commission to study the incorporation of safe and effective pain treatment and prescribing practices into the professional training of students, except veterinarian students, that may prescribe controlled substances.

(b)  The special commission shall consist of the following members or their designees: the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts medical school; the dean of Harvard Medical School; the dean of Boston University School of Medicine; the dean of Tufts University School of Medicine; a representative of The Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants, Inc.; a representative of the Massachusetts Nurses Association; a representative of the Massachusetts Medical Society; a representative of The Massachusetts Hospital Association, Inc.; a representative of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative; and 6 members to be appointed by the governor, 2 of whom shall be representatives of the pharmacy industry, 1 of whom shall be a representative of a nursing school and 1 of whom shall be a representative of a physician assistant training program. The governor shall appoint a chair of the committee; provided, however, that the first meeting of the commission shall take place on or before than June 1, 2016.

(c)  The special commission shall develop recommendations to ensure future prescribers have an understanding of: (i) pain treatment; (ii) the development of a pain management treatment plan and safe prescribing practices of controlled substances; (iii) the effective use of the prescription monitoring program; (iv) substance use disorder symptoms and treatment options; (v) alternative pain management options; and (vi) state and federal laws and regulations related to controlled substances.

(d)  The special commission shall submit its recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation, to the clerks of the house of representative and the senate, the chairs of the joint committee on higher education and the chairs of the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse on or before December 1, 2016.

Upcoming Meetings

Posted at 11:48 AM, October 24, 2016

When

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 2PM - 4PM

Where

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Review of Special Commission Assignments
  3. Discussion
  4. Consensus Recommendations (Vote)
  5. Next Steps

Next Meeting

To be announced at a later date.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor


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