Session: 103rd General Assembly
Year: 2024
Bill #: HB4942
Category: County Officials
Position: Under Review
Revenue Loss?
Authority Preemption?

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Amends the Counties Code. Provides that, if a drug overdose is officially determined to be the cause or a contributing factor in a death, the coroner or medical examiner shall report the following information, at a minimum, to the Department of Public Health: (i) if known or knowable (rather than if possible), the cause of the overdose; (ii) whether or not fentanyl was part or all of the consumed substance; (iii) if fentanyl is part of the consumed substance, what other substances were consumed, if known or knowable; and (iv) if fentanyl is part of the consumed substance, in what proportion was fentanyl consumed to other substance or substances, if known or knowable. Requires the report to include, if possible, the cause of the overdose. Provides that the coroner must also communicate whether there was a suspicious level of fentanyl in combination with other controlled substances present to all law enforcement agencies in whose jurisdiction the deceased's body was found in a prompt manner.

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