LANSING, Mich. — Hospice of Lenawee Director of Patient Care Amy Francoeur (right) joined Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Tuesday in Lansing to discuss the need for legislation to help combat opioid abuse.
Zorn and Francoeur spoke before the Senate Health Policy Committee about Zorn’s measure that would allow hospice employees to help assist families in the safe disposal of excess prescription drugs when the drugs are no longer needed.
Controlled substances prescribed to a hospice patient are the property of the patient or the patient’s family in the case of the patient’s death. Under current law, a hospice employee may not assist in disposal of the drugs.
Senate Bill 842 would require the state Department of Health and Human Services to implement rules for the disposal of controlled substances in the homes of hospice patients when drugs are not needed by the patient or the patient has died. The bill also would require providers of hospice services to establish and implement a controlled substance disposal policy.
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