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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2023 01:24 PM
From: Representative Marla Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Social Media Opioid Bill
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation to require social media companies to report attempts by users to sell controlled substances on their platforms to the Pennsylvania State Police.  In recent years, drug cartels and traffickers have increasingly turned to social media networks to sell, buy, and deliver controlled substances, including heroin and fentanyl.  While social media companies have explicit rules governing the content that users may share on their platforms, there is no existing legal requirement for these companies to report drug deliveries to a law enforcement agency. 
After obtaining actual knowledge that an individual may be engaged in the unlawful sale of a controlled substance in Pennsylvania, my legislation would require the social media company to submit a report to Pennsylvania State Police.  The willful failure of a social media company to make such a report will subject the company to significant fines that increase upon subsequent violations.  Significantly, my legislation protects the privacy of social media users and does not require these companies to monitor users or search for individuals engaged in the unlawful sale of controlled substances in this Commonwealth. 
Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. 

Introduced as HB602