There are several exciting, though possibly concerning, bills in the Missouri General Assembly that bear watching. Some special items to track:
Powdered Alcohol: HB 29 would bring powdered alcohol (palcohol) under the same controls as liquid alcohol. This is an important step in regulating one of the most misused drugs available.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: There are currently at least five prescription drug monitoring program proposals in the Missouri General Assembly. Some are better than others, but this demonstrates a broad interest in working to eliminate doctor shopping, and bringing Missouri in line with the rest of the nation by implementing this common sense reform.
911 Good Samaritan Law: This bill would provide limited immunity for anyone who calls 911 in a medical emergency related to drugs or alcohol. This is an important step in addressing the opioid epidemic, but also helpful in reducing the worst harms of youthful binge drinking.
Marijuana: There are several bills that are various schemes for legalizing marijuana – and which definitely warrant concern. Some go so far as to allow for complete legalization and commercialization. These bills must be watched carefully.
For an up-to-date list of NCADA’s legislative priorities and to find out how to contact your elected officials, please visit our Advocacy page.