Limited number of session days could scuttle fall special session

Limited number of session days could scuttle fall special session

Late this past June, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were joined by Gov. Tom Wolf to announce they would call a special session to combat the opioid-addiction epidemic in Pennsylvania.

 

However, as the legislature plans to return to voting session in just a few short weeks, the limited number of planned session days—ten scheduled days for the Senate and 14 scheduled days for the House—may have put on ice the hopes for that special session.

Thursday, September 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Prescription drug monitoring legislation leaves long road behind it

Bills allowing for the monitoring of prescription drugs by pharmacists and physicians have been floating around the General Assembly for more than a year, but the effort to bring them to what will be a likely conclusion this session has lasted well over a decade.

The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 1180 introduced by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), was moved out of the House Health Committee last week after months of legislative wrangling over competing versions of the legislation in either chamber.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Experts: heroin epidemic should have medical and legislative solutions

As the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concludes its hearings on the heroin epidemic’s impact on rural Pennsylvania Tuesday, experts say that its solutions should be medical.

As Deb Beck of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania notes, this is because the nature of the epidemic largely has a medical origin.

“It’s a drug problem that typically starts through getting a prescription for something, that’s the feature that’s new here,” she said. “We are seeing an increase in heroin use across Pennsylvania—including the rural areas—because of this prescription problem: the prescribing of opiates and then people end up converting to heroin because the withdrawal is so severe.”

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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FOLLOW UP: DRUG COURTS AND THE HEROIN CRISIS

As advertised, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections held its hearing on how drug courts relate to Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis.

During the hearing, subcommittee members heard from a panel of judges, drug court graduates, and legal professionals on how drug courts have lowered recidivism, provided treatment options, and turned around the lives of those who enter drug court programs.

The committee also heard different perspectives about how the heroin crisis got so bad and the need to combat the problem on the front end through education and prevention, and not just through back end rehabilitation.

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Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

ISSUE PREVIEW: DRUG COURTS AND THE HEROIN CRISIS

Over the course of the past year, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings across Pennsylvania learning about how the heroin epidemic facing Pennsylvania communities can and should be addressed.

On Monday, the fourth such hearing will be held by the committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections and will give the members the opportunity learn about drug courts, see the impact the courts have made, and to determine their effectiveness.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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