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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 29, 2013 04:00 PM
From: Representative Gene DiGirolamo
To: All House members
Subject: Good Samaritan Law (drug overdose)
In the near future, I intend to re-introduce former HB 2489, creating a drug overdose Good Samaritan Law for Pennsylvania. Deaths by drug overdose are increasing nationwide and Pennsylvania is no exception. Sadly, all of these deaths are preventable.

A comprehensive public health strategy to prevent overdose deaths should start with the enactment of a Good Samaritan Law to protect those who summon medical assistance for an overdose. Calling 911 should not be a crime. I believe that saving lives is more important than punishing behavior. Please join me in sponsoring this much needed legislation.

Introduced as HB1627