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This report of the President's Commission on Model State Drug Laws presents six model crimes code acts designed to reduce the individual and societal harms associated with alcohol and other drug abuse.
The six model State statutes presented are the Prescription Accountability Act, the State Chemical Control Act, the Uniform Controlled Substances Act - Controlled Substance Analog Provisions, the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act, the Law Enforcement Access of Wire and Electronic Communications Act, and the Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Other Drug Act. New technological solutions to the problem of preventing and controlling the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs whose therapeutic benefits are accompanied by psychoactive effects are the aims of the Model Prescription Accountability Act. The Model State Chemical Control Act creates a monitoring system that tracks a chemical from its source to its use. Unlike most other criminal laws, it is a preventive measure. It aims to stop a drug offense before it happens by preventing the diversion of precursor chemicals into illegal channels. Provisions of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act define and prohibit the production of designer drugs and allow emergency scheduling of analogs to avoid an imminent hazard to the public. Under the Model Act to Permit Continued Access by Law Enforcement to Wire and Electronic Communications, telecommunications service providers, when served with a court order, must identify and provide the entire content of specific telephone conversations to the exclusion of all others, whatever the technology involved. Based on Federal law, the Model Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act aims to combine effective access to this tool and appropriate safeguards. The Model Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol and Other Drugs Act incorporates a per se illegal blood alcohol content limit of .08 percent for adults; makes it per se illegal for persons under age 21 to operate a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of any measurable or detectable amount (.02 percent or more); and authorizes administrative revocation of licenses for refusal to take a chemical test or for a chemical test failure.