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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 11, 2017 08:31 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: “International Overdose Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing August 31, 2017, as “International Overdose Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.

Advocates, community organizations, health care providers, and government agencies recognize “International Overdose Awareness Day” in an effort to raise awareness of drug overdose, reduce the stigma associated with drug-related death, and remind individuals of the risks of drug abuse. Rising statistics on drug-related deaths, the majority of which are attributable to the use of opioids, signify the need to join this global effort.

In 2016, approximately 13 people died of a drug-related overdose each day in Pennsylvania. In their memory, and in support of their loved ones, I hope you will consider co-sponsoring this resolution which will encourage further discussion on overdose prevention and drug policy. Your consideration and co-sponsorship are appreciated.

Introduced as HR449