Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 558
       By Senator Passidomo
       28-00703-17                                            2017558__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to emergency services for an
    3         unintentional drug overdose; amending s. 395.1041,
    4         F.S.; requiring a hospital providing emergency
    5         services to a person suffering from an unintentional
    6         drug overdose to provide certain services and
    7         information; providing conditions for transfer of a
    8         patient to a licensed detoxification or addictions
    9         receiving facility; providing responsibilities of the
   10         attending physician; providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Subsection (6) of section 395.1041, Florida
   15  Statutes, is amended to read:
   16         395.1041 Access to emergency services and care.—
   18         (a) A hospital providing emergency services and care to a
   19  person who is being involuntarily examined under the provisions
   20  of s. 394.463 shall adhere to the rights of patients specified
   21  in part I of chapter 394 and the involuntary examination
   22  procedures provided in s. 394.463, regardless of whether the
   23  hospital, or any part thereof, is designated as a receiving or
   24  treatment facility under part I of chapter 394 and regardless of
   25  whether the person is admitted to the hospital.
   26         (b) A patient may not be transferred to a licensed
   27  detoxification or addictions receiving facility until the
   28  patient is stabilized. Before the patient is discharged or
   29  transferred, the attending physician shall attempt to:
   30         1.Identify and contact the patient’s primary care
   31  physician and all practitioners who prescribed a controlled
   32  substance to the patient within the past 12 months and inform
   33  the physician and prescribers that the patient has suffered an
   34  unintentional overdose and may require treatment for a substance
   35  use disorder.
   36         2.If the patient is currently receiving treatment for a
   37  substance use disorder, identify and contact the substance abuse
   38  treatment provider’s medical director or the patient’s addiction
   39  medicine specialist and the patient’s primary care physician and
   40  inform them that the patient has suffered an unintentional
   41  overdose and the patient’s treatment plan may need to be
   42  reevaluated.
   43         3.Provide the patient’s adult next of kin or emergency
   44  contact with the following information:
   45         a.The name and address of the hospital where the patient
   46  is receiving emergency services and care.
   47         b.That the patient has suffered an unintentional overdose.
   48         c.The nature and properties of the substance or substances
   49  that the attending physician believes the patient ingested that
   50  may have contributed to the overdose.
   51         d.A list of substance abuse treatment and addiction
   52  recovery service providers, including licensed facilities
   53  pursuant to s. 397.6774, voluntary admissions procedures under
   54  part IV of chapter 397, involuntary admissions procedures under
   55  part V of chapter 397, and involuntary commitment procedures
   56  under chapter 394.
   57         4.Encourage the patient to voluntarily seek treatment for
   58  a substance use disorder.
   59         5.Establish face-to-face contact between the patient and a
   60  substance abuse treatment provider.
   61         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.