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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 3, 2017 02:59 PM
From: Representative Matthew E. Baker
To: All House members
Subject: Involuntary Substance Use Disorder Treatment
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation amending the Mental Health Procedures Act to establish that a drug overdose represents a clear and present danger for the purposes of the act.

I’m sure you have experienced similar constituent inquiries to the one that I heard of this week, where the patient had rendered himself in need of medical attention due to a drug overdose, but upon being stabilized medically, was free to leave without addressing the underlying concerns. It is my intent to provide enough time for evaluation of the person’s needs for either mental health or addiction treatment.

This epidemic – the worst in human history – requires much needed lifesaving intervention. I believe we should start the conversation in earnest about what is to be done after the person is rescued from death due to overdose. We cannot continue to ignore this problem.

Please consider joining me in co-sponsorship of this needed legislation.

Introduced as HB713