Florida Senate - 2019                                    SB 1658
       By Senator Simpson
       10-01387A-19                                          20191658__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Statewide Task Force on Opioid
    3         Drug Abuse; creating s. 381.888, F.S.; creating the
    4         Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse for a
    5         specified purpose; providing for the membership of the
    6         task force; providing for reimbursement of per diem
    7         and travel expenses for members; requiring the
    8         Department of Legal Affairs to provide the task force
    9         with necessary staff; requiring the task force to hold
   10         an organizational session before a specified date and
   11         quarterly meetings thereafter; authorizing the chair
   12         to call for additional meetings in extraordinary
   13         circumstances; specifying duties of the task force;
   14         requiring the task force to submit reports to the
   15         Legislature by specified dates; providing an effective
   16         date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Section 381.888, Florida Statutes, is created to
   21  read:
   22         381.888 Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse.—
   23         (1)(a) There is created adjunct to the Department of Legal
   24  Affairs the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse, a task
   25  force as defined in s. 20.03. The task force is created for the
   26  purpose of researching opioid drug abuse, evaluating effective
   27  strategies for education, interdiction, arrest, prosecution,
   28  treatment and prevention, and providing policy recommendations
   29  to the Legislature.
   30         (b) The task force shall consist of the following members,
   31  or their designees:
   32         1. One representative appointed by the Attorney General,
   33  who shall serve as chair.
   34         2. One representative appointed by the Surgeon General, who
   35  shall serve as vice chair.
   36         3. One representative appointed by the Commissioner of
   37  Education.
   38         4. One representative appointed by the Commissioner of the
   39  Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
   40         5. One representative appointed by the Secretary of
   41  Children and Family Services.
   42         6. One representative appointed by the Secretary of Health
   43  Care Administration.
   44         7. One representative appointed by the Secretary of
   45  Corrections.
   46         8. One representative appointed by the Secretary of
   47  Juvenile Justice.
   48         9. One representative appointed by the President of the
   49  Senate.
   50         10. One representative appointed by the Speaker of the
   51  House of Representatives.
   52         11. Two sheriffs appointed by the Attorney General.
   53         12. Two police chiefs appointed by the Attorney General.
   54         13. Two state attorneys appointed by the Attorney General.
   55         14. Two public defenders appointed by the Attorney General.
   56         15. One representative appointed by the State Courts
   57  Administrator.
   58         16. Three representatives from addiction and recovery
   59  associations appointed by the Attorney General, each from
   60  different geographic areas of the state.
   61         17. One representative of the Florida Medical Association.
   62         18. One representative of the Florida Pharmacy Association.
   63         19. One representative of the insurance industry appointed
   64  by the Insurance Commissioner.
   65         (c) Members of the task force are entitled to receive
   66  reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses in accordance
   67  with s. 112.061.
   68         (d) The Department of Legal Affairs shall provide the task
   69  force with staff necessary to assist the task force in the
   70  performance of its duties.
   71         (2) The task force shall hold an organizational session by
   72  July 15, 2019. Thereafter, the task force shall meet at least
   73  four times per year. Additional meetings may be held if the
   74  chair determines that extraordinary circumstances require an
   75  additional meeting. A majority of the members of the task force
   76  constitutes a quorum.
   77         (3) The task force shall do all of the following:
   78         (a) Collect and organize data concerning the nature and
   79  extent of opioid drug abuse in this state, including, but not
   80  limited to, the overdose death rate, neonatal abstinence
   81  syndrome statistics, the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey,
   82  Automated Reports and Consolidated Ordering System data, and
   83  United States Drug Enforcement Administration seizure data for
   84  opioids, including fentanyl and synthetic fentanyl.
   85         (b) Collect and organize data concerning the current costs
   86  to state and local governments associated with the interdiction,
   87  prosecution, incarceration, education, monitoring, and treatment
   88  of opioid abuse and misuse in this state.
   89         (c) Identify available federal, state, and local programs
   90  that provide services to combat opioid drug abuse.
   91         (d) Identify and evaluate best practices for the treatment
   92  of opioid drug abuse.
   93         (e) Identify and evaluate the sources of opioids being
   94  abused and misused and causes of opioid drug abuse.
   95         (f) Identify whether there is any need for additional
   96  regulatory activity, including scheduling or emergency
   97  scheduling, of synthetic opioid derivatives including synthetic
   98  fentanyl derivatives.
   99         (g) Identify and evaluate ways to reduce the demand for
  100  opioids, including, but not limited to, alternative pain
  101  management that does not involve the use of opioids.
  102         (h) Identify and evaluate ways to reduce the availability
  103  of opioids to opioid drug abusers, including increased
  104  monitoring, expanded interdiction, and cooperation among law
  105  enforcement agencies at all levels.
  106         (i) Identify and evaluate training and resources needed by
  107  law enforcement officers to deal with users and addicts of
  108  opioid drugs.
  109         (j) Identify and evaluate best practices for law
  110  enforcement encounters with arrestees and others suffering from
  111  opioid addiction.
  112         (k) Identify and evaluate best practices for treating
  113  arrestees in custody suffering from opioid addiction.
  114         (l) Identify and evaluate alternatives to conviction or
  115  incarceration for arrestees suffering from opioid addiction.
  116         (m) Identify and evaluate programs and protocols for
  117  consideration and use with inmates suffering from opioid
  118  addiction.
  119         (n) Identify and evaluate programs for dealing with minors
  120  suffering from opioid drug abuse and addiction.
  121         (o) Identify and evaluate educational programs for
  122  children, young adults, and adults on the dangers of opioid
  123  abuse and misuse.
  124         (p) Evaluate methods to increase public awareness of the
  125  dangers of opioid abuse and misuse.
  126         (q) Develop a list of projects and priorities to be funded
  127  by the Legislature or from other sources, including the proceeds
  128  arising from any judgments or settlements with opioid
  129  manufacturers, distributors, or others related to opioid drug
  130  abuse.
  131         (4) At the chair’s direction, the task force may break into
  132  subcommittees or small groups that must present their findings
  133  to the task force as a whole.
  134         (5) The task force shall submit interim reports to the
  135  President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
  136  Representatives by December 1, 2020, and January 15, 2021, and
  137  shall submit a final report of its recommendations to the
  138  President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
  139  Representatives by December 1, 2022.
  140         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.