Opioid abuse in Nevada
The Nevada Opioid Surveillance report, published by the DHHS Office of Analytics, contains a great deal of information about opioid-related poisonings, hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths.
The Nevada State Board of Health has approved final regulations to implement the provisions of Assembly Bill 474, the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act. The regulations now lay out procedures for reporting cases or suspected cases of drug overdose to the Chief Medical Officer.
These final regulations:
- Establish definitions for “overdose” and “patient discharge”
- Establish information required for mandatory reporting by certain health care professionals of overdose or suspected overdose incidents.
- Establish required time frame and submission methods for the reports of overdose or suspected overdose incident.
- Establish requirements for certain medical facilities to establish policies related to reporting overdose or suspected overdose incidents.
- Establish requirement for the State Chief Medical Officer to establish procedures to track and report statewide information related to overdose or suspected overdose incidents.
- Methods for submitting overdose reports:
- Clarity web-based reporting is a more convenient and user-friendly submission method that allows providers to quickly and securely complete the elements of mandatory reporting. Providers wishing to establish a Clarity account can contact Cordelia Alexander-Leeder at:
- Fax reporting to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health at (775) 684-5999.
- Electronic batch reporting, more information can be found in the FAQ below.
- Additional reporting information is below:
AB 474 background
Controlled substances for the treatment of pain can be highly effective and medically necessary HOWEVER, the current opioid epidemic and overdose rates associated with prescription drug abuse, misuse and diversion underscores that such medications are not without inherent risks.
During the 2017 session, the Nevada Legislature passed AB 474, the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act. This legislation does not tell prescribers when or how they can prescribe. It simply establishes a standard of care for prescribers so that, if prescribing such medications is clinically indicated, the prescriber and patient have the needed information to move forward with that prescription with some degree of confidence that the benefits outweigh the risks.
The Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act:
- Prioritizes patient safety and responsibility
- Preserves clinical decision-making
- Promotes the patient-prescriber relationship
- Reduces the amount of inappropriate prescribing
- Prevents addiction to prescription drugs through monitoring and mitigating risk
- Enhances the quality of care for patients with acute and chronic pain
- Avoids the legislation of the practice of medicine by establishing a standard of care
AB 474 FAQ
Click the link below for a document answering many questions about the details of Nevada Assembly Bill 474.
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Videos about Opioid Misuse in Nevada
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has created documentary videos and public service announcements to inform citizens about the dangers of opioid misuse. Some of these videos feature stories from Nevadans who have struggled with opioid misuse or had family or friends who have suffered the effects of addiction - including accidental death. These messages are the result of a collaboration with Reno-based Three Sticks Production and the Nevada Broadcasters Association, whose efforts are a service to the residents of Nevada and a testament to the hope that can be found in treatment and recovery.