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06/13/2024 11:05 PM
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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 6, 2023 10:49 AM
From: Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti
To: All Senate members
Subject: Targeted Overdose Prevention Act
 
With the passage of Act 135 of 2022, all opioid reversal medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now fall under the Commonwealth’s Good Samaritan Law, giving wider access to these medications and legal immunity for those who use it in the case of an overdose. 
 

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Good Samaritan Law to provide educational resources regarding opioid reversal medications to the public, including in our schools, universities, and prisons.  
 

From January 1, 2018, to October 31, 2022, over 77,000 doses of Naloxone were administered by EMS with thousands of others administered by other parties. There were 3,018 overdose deaths in the Commonwealth in 2022, the lowest reported number since the Good Samaritan Law was passed in 2014. While it is encouraging that this number has decreased, even one overdose death is too many. Making all opioid reversal medicines available for use is a step in the right direction, but we need to ensure that people have access to these medications and are educated on their use.  
 

My legislation will mandate that state agencies develop and publish opioid overdose training and instruction materials free of charge on publicly accessible websites. Additionally, this legislation would ensure that employees and inmates at correctional facilities are educated on opioid reversal medications and that people released from correctional facilities have access to these medications upon their release. School and university staff members will also be designated to administer opioid antagonists if needed, and all staff and students will have the opportunity to be informed about overdoses and opioid antagonists. 
 

Please join me in co-sponsoring this life saving measure.  



Introduced as SB1169