House Bill 358
149th General Assembly (2017 - 2018)
House Revenue & Finance 3/28/18
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 30 AND 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO OPIOID TAX, OPIATE STEWARDSHIP FUND, OPIATE ADVISORY COUNCIL, AND OPIATE SETTLEMENT PROCEEDS.
In 2016, according to the Division of Forensic Science, 308 people died from overdoses in Delaware. To address the devastating effects that the opioid epidemic has had on the citizens and families of the state of Delaware, this Act will: 1.) Impose a tax on the first sale of opioids in the State at a rate of 10% of the purchase price. Revenue generated from the tax will be used to support opioid addiction treatment options in Delaware, including residential programs, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of opioid addiction and available treatment options in Delaware; 2.) Direct civil legal settlement proceeds resulting from matters related to opioids be deposited to the Opiate Stewardship Fund; 3.) Authorize the Governor to appoint and fund the position of the newly-created Policy Advisor. The full-time Policy Advisor will serve at the pleasure of the Governor and will be tasked with addressing only opioid addiction-related matters; and 4.) Establish the Opiate Stewardship Advisory Council. The council will be charged with prioritizing where revenue generated from the opioid tax is best spent in order to assist those who are addicted, as well as their families. This council – building on the progress made by the Behavioral Health Consortium and other related medical and state agency committees – will be a separate entity that is responsible solely for advising in the treatment-related tasks of the newly-created Policy Advisor.
Takes effect upon being signed into law