Notice of Rulemaking Activity
We are proposing changes to Chapter 34, Section 3419 under Title 46 Professional and Occupational Standards, Part XLVII. This section provides definitions for the exercise of disciplinary authority by the LSBN. The first proposed rule change updates terminology regarding substance use disorders. The medical term has changed from "Chemical Dependency" to "Substance Use Disorder, Mild, Moderate or Severe" according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM 5), Edited and Published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. The second proposed change will correct a language error that is currently present in the administrative rules. The error reads, "No substitution of narcotic medications destined for patients for the purpose of diversion." This statement will be removed from the Louisiana Administrative Code since suboxone, an opioid medication, is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction.
The first step in the rulemaking process is the publication of the Board's Notice of Intent in the January edition of the Louisiana Register. As of January 20, 2018 you are able to access the publication free of charge at the state register's website at http://www.doa.la.gov/osr. The Notice of Intent can be found here.
The Board requests to receive written comments on the proposed revisions by February 10, 2018.
Please direct all written communications regarding this proposal to my attention at the Board office.
For the Board
Karen C. Lyon, PhD, RN, NEA