|Posted:||January 20, 2017 09:49 AM|
|From:||Representative Tina M. Davis|
|To:||All House members|
In the near future I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 2301 from our last session –
authorizing police departments to establish and administer an ANGEL program aimed at assisting individuals in identifying and receiving treatment for opiate addiction.
This proposal, titled the ANGEL Act, directs the Attorney General to develop guidelines for the program. At a minimum, under such a program, an individual wishing to seek treatment for their addiction will be able to visit a police department with an operating ANGEL program without fear of arrest. If the police department determines that the individual is eligible for the program, they will attempt to locate an available treatment facility with the assistance of a volunteer who is familiar with addiction and recovery.
Every day we lose ten Pennsylvanians to the disease of opioid addiction and 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives in 2015 alone. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that we consider innovative approaches which utilize intervention, prevention, and rehabilitation efforts in our communities. I encourage you to review the attached language and offer your co-sponsorship.
Introduced as HB498