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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 20, 2016 03:19 PM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Opioid Addiction Prevention and Treatment Assessment
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that is part of a package of bills that Senate Democrats are introducing to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.

Opioid overuse, addiction, and overdose has become a national and state epidemic. In order to address the situation Pennsylvania needs to expand education, prevention, and treatment efforts. Because this epidemic is driven by opioid abuse, both prescription and illegal, we are proposing that an assessment be imposed on the first sale of opioids within the state by manufactures or importers. The law will prohibit the assessment from being passed onto the retail level.

In addition to the treatment and education programs proposed in separate legislation, the revenue from the assessment will be used to support the purchase of naloxone by local law enforcement and emergency management personnel and to support existing county addiction prevention and treatment programs.

It is estimated that the tax will generate $60 million in annual revenue. The assessment will be spent as follows:
  • $35 million of an Emergency Opioid Addition Treatment Program
  • $5 million for a School Aged Opioid Awareness Education Program
  • $5 million for a Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program
  • $3 million to assist emergency response and law enforcement personnel in purchasing Naloxone
  • $10 million for county criminal justice and corrections addiction assistance
  • $2 million for Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB1213