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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2018 02:30 PM
From: Representative Emilio A. Vazquez and Rep. Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship of Resolution – Recognizing CTC Wellness Foundation for its “Don’t Stall, Just Call” Alcohol Poisoning Education Program
In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution recognizing the non-profit CTC Wellness Foundation for its “Don’t Stall, Just Call” alcohol poisoning education program. The purpose of this program is to raise student and family awareness of the dangers of binge drinking and inform them of this Commonwealth’s medical amnesty law, which provides immunity from punishment for a person who calls either 911, campus security, police or an emergency officer for help to report that a person who is seriously inebriated and is in need of immediate medical attention to prevent serious injury or death. Through this organization’s public presentations to thousands of people from universities, high schools, private businesses and church groups, many lives are being saved.

In 2015, Mary Ciammetti was the mother of a young man attending Temple University. Her son was involved in binge drinking, which on one tragic occasion led to alcohol poisoning and, eventually, his death. However, his senseless death may have been prevented had his friends been educated about the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, as well as the protection they have under Pennsylvania’s medical amnesty law. Indeed, had that been the case, his friends then could have called for emergency assistance, which may have saved Ms. Ciammetti’s son’s life. Since then, she founded the CTC Foundation and the “Don’t Stall, Just Call” program to raise awareness among students and their families of the dangers of binge drinking and regarding what to look for to recognize that a person may be suffering from alcohol poisoning and is in need of immediate assistance. She also lets them know that there is amnesty available to them if they call for emergency help – providing that certain conditions are met as detailed under the law. Pennsylvania’s medical amnesty law was enacted in 2011 as Act 66.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation to highlight these important efforts to combat binge drinking and its harmful effects.

Introduced as HR661