HB 233

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 150th General Assembly (2019-2020)
  • Introduced in House Jun 18, 2019
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

An Act To Amend Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Abstract

This Act expands the definition of “prescription drug order” to include electronic prescribing and makes Gabapentin a Schedule V controlled substance. Gabapentin is a prescription medication which is used to treat partial seizures and neuropathic pain. However, Gabapentin is also used to increase the effects of opioids, which potentially increases the risk of overdose death when used in combination with opioids. Gabapentin has become a drug of abuse with users reporting effects such as euphoria, a marijuana-like high, and other users describing their state after taking the medication to be zombie-like. The United States has seen substantial increases in the rate of Gabapentin prescribing and abuse. Several states, including Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, have already classified Gabapentin as a Schedule V controlled substance. Classifying Gabapentin as a Schedule V controlled substance in Delaware will permit the State to monitor the prescription of the drug and address issues of abuse.

Bill Sponsors (8)

Debra Heffernan

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 6
Primary

Bryan Townsend

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 11
Primary

Catherine Cloutier

  • Republican
  • upper
  • 5
Cosponsor

Stephanie L. Hansen

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 10
Cosponsor

Paul S. Baumbach

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 23
Cosponsor

Ruth Briggs King

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 37
Cosponsor

Ronald E. Gray

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 38
Cosponsor

Kendra Johnson

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 5
Cosponsor

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Jun 19, 2019

House

Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 7 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
Health & Human Development

Jun 18, 2019

House

Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

  • Referral-Committee
  • Introduction
Health & Human Development

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