Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse on April 26. The main areas of focus will be on prevention, intervention, education, treatment, law enforcement and rehabilitation during a series of five meetings, scheduled August through January.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 created the commission, after unanimously passing the Oklahoma House of Representatives and by a 38 to 2 margin in the Oklahoma Senate on May 17. Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Tim Downing authored the legislation.
The nine-member commission, chaired by Attorney General Hunter, contains members from the medical community, law enforcement, private sector businesses and a member from the Oklahoma House, Senate and includes two members as advisers.
The main areas of focus will be on prevention, intervention, education, treatment, law enforcement and rehabilitation. The goal of the commission is to release its findings and suggestions for potential legislation in the weeks leading up to the 2018 legislative session.
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