Dec. 18, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring overdose victims seek an evaluation by a certified recovery specialist has been passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a bipartisan fashion, said Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), who authored the measure.

“Pennsylvania is being plagued by the current opioid epidemic and it is incumbent upon the legislature to try to make positive change,” Quinn said. “Under the current Good Samaritan Law, overdose victims are not charged with any drug related crimes, but unfortunately they continue to fall into a cycle of continuous overdosing due to a lack of treatment. This legislation ensures the victims are receiving the treatment they so desperately need.

“I am glad that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognized this important change and voted to support my bill.”

Under House Bill 137, any overdose victim receiving immunity through the Good Samaritan Law would be required to receive an assessment by a certified recovery specialist.

The state Senate will now consider House Bill 137.

Representative Chris Quinn
168th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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