An acute-care hospital, as defined in section 25B, that provides emergency services in an emergency department and a satellite emergency
facility, as defined in section 511/2, shall maintain, as part of its emergency services, protocols and capacity to provide
appropriate, evidence-based interventions prior to discharge that reduce the risk
of subsequent harm and fatality following an opioid-related overdose including, but
not limited to, institutional protocols and capacity to possess, dispense, administer
and prescribe opioid agonist treatment, including partial agonist treatment, and offer
such treatment to patients who present in an acute-care hospital emergency department
or a satellite emergency facility for care and treatment of an opioid-related overdose;
provided, however, that such treatment shall occur when it is recommended by the treating
healthcare provider and is voluntarily agreed to by the patient. An acute-care hospital that provides emergency services in an emergency department,
and a satellite emergency facility, shall demonstrate compliance with applicable training
and waiver requirements established by the federal drug enforcement agency and the
substance abuse and mental health services administration relative to prescribing
opioid agonist treatment. Prior to discharge, any patient who is administered or prescribed an opioid agonist
treatment in an acute care hospital emergency department or satellite emergency facility
shall be directly connected to an appropriate provider or treatment site to voluntarily
continue said treatment.
The department may issue regulations pursuant to this section.
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