Senate Bill 44 would allow the Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission (DOFRC) to review all deaths related to drug overdoses, regardless of the substance involved. This change will allow the Commission to obtain and review all medical records, including substance abuse and mental health records, when there is a death related to a drug overdose.
Created in 2016, DOFRC is tasked with recommending steps the state can take to prevent future overdoses based on an examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding deaths resulting from previous prescription opioids, fentanyl, and heroin overdoses. Senate Bill 44 would allow the commission to better monitor the evolving nature of societal drug use over time and make proactive recommendations based on emerging trends.
|Senate Bill 44 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Sturgeon, Hansen, Townsend, Mantzavinos, Paradee, Pinkney, Sokola, Walsh|
|Lambert, Bentz, Baumbach, Griffith, Kowalko, Lynn, Morrison, Osienski, Briggs King|
|Current Status — Out of Committee 3/9/21|
Senate Bill 44 was released from the Senate Health and Social Services Committee on Tuesday.