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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 7, 2018 02:07 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Court Assessments for Nonnarcotic Medication Substance Abuse Treatment Program
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce my legislation from last session, Senate Bill 922. This legislation will further address Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid epidemic by better utilizing FDA-approved medication. Long-acting nonnarcotic, non-addictive medications have been used to successfully treat those with serious opioid addictions and have been shown to be effective at leading to full sobriety and independence from addiction.

My legislation would create the Court Assessments for Nonnarcotic Medication Substance Abuse Treatment Program. This will increase opportunities for courts to provide the long-acting nonnarcotic, non-addictive medication in conjunction with comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs.

The goal of the legislation is to better serve defendants who are addicted to opioids by providing a non-habit forming treatment option. Utilizing long-acting, nonnarcotic, non-addictive medications have been shown to reduce a person’s need for treatment to around 6-12 months.

This bill will be a step in the right direction for increasing access to these treatment medications, and is another step in the multi-faceted approach to combating this horrific epidemic.

Previous co-sponsors to this legislation were Scarnati, White, Brewster, Costa, Bartolotta, K. Ward, Mensch, Yaw, Blake, Yudichak, Martin and Stefano. In addition, Senate Bill 922 passed the Senate unanimously on June 5, 2018.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB424