PA Legislature

The legislature is seeking solutions to the Crisis Click here to learn more.

We have everyone talking! Each of the Republican Senators are researching this issue in their districts.

 

Watch Senators Aument and Yaw discussing the epidemic with Mr. Craig Stedman, Lancaster County District Attorney; Chief David Steffen of Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department; and Mr. Kenneth Martz, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention.

 

Watch a roundtable held in Schuylkill County hosted by Senator Argall.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is presently considering a number of bills to address the overprescribing and abuse of opioids, which has been attributed to the rise in heroin use in the state.


 

Legislation Info


 

Senate & House

BillSponsorSummaryLast Action
HB 17Hahn, MarciaAllows for parental consent regarding the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse for a minor.Reported as amended from Senate Health & Human Services 6/13/17
HB 115Kaufer, AaronRequires insurers to file written certification with PID attesting that they are in compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act.Referred to House Insurance 2/1/17
HB 116Kaufer, AaronRequires insurers to provide consumers with an emergency insurance addendum explaining their coverage for addiction treatment services.Referred to House Insurance 2/1/17
HB 117Kaufer, AaronRequires insurers to disclose to PID the number of insureds receiving addiction treatment and a breakdown of the treatment, including denials based on types of treatment.Referred to House insurance 2/1/17
HB 118Kaufer, AaronEstablishes The Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program to encourage the use of existing beds in health care facilities for detoxification and treatment.Reported from Senate Health & Human Services 6/13/17
HB 119Kaufer, AaronEstablishes a certification process for drug and alcohol houses that receive taxpayer dollars.House passage 6/7/17 (194-0)
HB 120Kaufer, AaronProvides up to $35,000 in educational loan forgiveness for counselors who agree to work for 4 years in a licensed alcohol and drug addiction facility.Referred to House Education 2/3/17
HB 121Kaufer, AaronUpdates anti-drug school curricula to include opioid abuse prevention.Scheduled for a vote by House Education 6/19/17
HB 122Kaufer, AaronEstablishes the Project Lazarus Commission to develop a best-practice model for a comprehensive, community-based effort to consolidate overdose prevention efforts.Reported from House Human Services 5/8/17
HB 123Kaufer, AaronAuthorizes counties with drug courts to impose a $250 fee on criminal defendants who are convicted of or plead guilty to a drug crime to be used for the operation of the drug court.Referred to House Judiciary 2/3/17
HB 124Kaufer, AaronDirects the State Board of Medicine to adopt guidelines restricting the use of buprenorphine and requiring counseling to accompany the prescribing of buprenorphine.Referred to House Professional Licensure 2/3/17
HB 127Baker, MattAdds Carfentanil as schedule II controlled substance.Referred to House Health 2/1/17
HB 196Gainey, EdImplements a statewide needle and syringe exchange program.Referred to House Health 2/1/17
HB 206Hill, KristinProvides for a study to determine drug abuse by parents within resource families.Referred to House Children & Youth 1/25/17
HB 235Watson, KatharineEstablishes a task force on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on children.Referred to Senate Aging & Youth 4/17/17
HB 288Heffley, DoyleRequires insurers to provide coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid (ADO) formulations.Referred to House Insurance 2/2/17
HB 353Nesbit, TeddMandates the electronic prescribing of Schedule II controlled substances, with some exceptions.Reported as amended from House Health 6/6/17; Rereferred to Rules 6/6/17
HB 355Davis, TinaProvides for the certification of recovery residences and recovery residence administrators and for the establishment of the State Board of Recovery Residences.Referred to House Human Services 2/6/17
HB 384Readshaw, HarryProvides for involuntary commitment for drug and alcohol treatment.Referred to House Human Services 2/7/17
HB 395DiGirolamo, GeneExempts epilepsy drugs from the prescription drug monitoring program.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 5/4/17
HB 396DiGirolamo, GeneRequires that prescribers query the prescription drug monitoring program every time a controlled substance is prescribed for every patient.Reported as amended from House Human Services 3/22/17
HB 440Murt, ThomasRequires health insurance policies to provide coverage for mental illness and alcohol or other drug abuse and dependency that meets minimum standards.Referred to House Insurance 2/10/17.
HB 498Davis, TinaAuthorizes police departments to establish and administer and ANGEL program aimed at assisting individuals in identifying and receiving treatment for opiate addiction.Referred to House Judiciary 2/14/17
HB 575Davis, TinaEstablishes an official state prescription form.Referred to House Judiciary 2/21/17
HB 597Gainey, EdLimits the initial opioid prescription to an adult to a 7-day supply. Limits the prescribing of an opioid to a minor to a 7-day supply.Referred to House Health 2/24/17
HB 598Gainey, EdRequires a health care practitioner to query the PDMP before prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance.Referred to House Health 2/24/17
HB 616Cruz, AngelAllows for the collection and disposal of drugs by pharmacies.Referred to House Health 2/24/17
HB 617Cruz, AngelSyringe-Exchange Program Safety ActReferred to House Health 2/24/17
HB 676Barbin, BryanEstablishing Eight Regional Detox Centers across the Commonwealth paid for with tobacco settlement funds.Referred to House Appropriations 3/2/17
HB 677Barbin, BryanProviding for “Summer’s Protection” Involuntary Commitment for Emergency Opioid OverdosesReferred to House Health 3/2/17
HB 710Murt, ThomasProvides loan forgiveness for college graduates entering the mental health, intellectual disability and drug and alcohol treatment professions.Referred to House Human Services 3/3/17
HB 713Baker, MattAmends the Mental Health Procedures Act to establish that a drug overdose represents a clear and present danger for the purposes of the act.Reported from House Health 3/6/17
HB 761Barbin, BryanReinstating Criminal Liability for Emergency Overdose EventsReferred to House Judiciary 3/9/17
HB 795Davis, TinaProvides local officials with the statutory authority to adopt ordinances and establish standards for recovery residencesReferred to House Urban Affairs 3/10/17
HB 825Heffley, DoyleDirects the Department of Human Services to develop and administer an internet-based psychiatric and detoxification bed registry.Reported from House Human Services 5/24/17
HB 932DiGirolamo, GeneProvides for licensure of buprenorphine office-based prescribers; limits the use of buprenorphine; and establishes penalties.Referred to House Human Services 3/23/17
HB 1043Baker, MattRegulates pain management clinics.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 5/15/17
HB 1132Kortz, BillRequires all manufacturers selling covered drugs in PA to participate in a pharmaceutical stewardship program.Referred to House Health 4/10/17
HB 1189McClinton, JoannaSubstance Abuse Education & Demand Reduction FundReferred to House Judiciary 5/19/17
HB 1190McClinton, JoannaCreates the School-Based Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program.Referred to House Education 5/19/17
HB 1191McClinton, JoannaCriminal offense for drug-related child endangermentReferred to House Judiciary 5/19/17
HB 1242Heffley, DoyleProvides for coverage requirements by an insurance carrier or health insurance plan for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug products.Introduced 4/18/17 (never referred or posted)
HB 1246Sturla, MikeProvides immunity from prosecution to an individual or organization who in good faith acquires and administers the lifesaving overdose-reversal medication naloxone.Referred to House Judiciary 4/19/17
HB 1378DiGirolamo, GeneImposes a 10% impact fee on the sales of opioids in PA.Referred to House Human Services 5/11/17
HB 1501Burns, FrankProvides for drug overdose response immunity by stipulating that persons experiencing drug overdose events may not be charged and shall be immune from prosecution if within 30 days of experiencing the drug overdose event, the person participates in a drug treatment program ordered by the parole board or the court with jurisdiction over the potential criminal charge.Referred to House Judiciary 6/6/17
HB 1508Nesbit, TeddRequires e-prescribing of all prescriptions, prohibits Sch. II refills, limits other refills, and includes some exceptions.Referred to House Health 6/12/17
HB1532Kristin HillAllows Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to have access to the prescription monitoring program.Referred to House Health 6/12/17
HR 17Burns, FrankRequests Congress to pressure the FDA to reverse its directive allowing OxyContin to be prescribed to children 11-16 years if age,Reported from House Human Services 5/8/17
HR 363Caltagirone, ThomasResolution urging the Governor & the Office of the Attorney General to file lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies that engage in practices that caused the ongoing opioid epidemic within this Commonwealth.Introduced 5/25/17
TBDThomas, CurtisRequires outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities to require certain therapies and services to patients.Cosponsorship memo 1/13/17
TBDBoyle, KevinRequires high schools to provide and maintain naloxone onsite in each school facility.Cosponsorship memo 2/28/17
TBDNeilson, EdLimits the prescription of opioids to no more than 7 days, with some exceptions.Cosponsorship memo 3/22/17
TBDMcClinton, JoannaMandatory reporting of parental drug overdosesCosponsorship 4/11/17
TBDNelson, EricHeather’s Law: Revocation of Consent to Disclose Information in Drug and Alcohol TreatmentCosponsorship 5/2/17
TBDReadshaw, HarryMandatory minimum sentences for a conviction of selling opioids and other narcotics.Cosponsorship 5/23/17
TBDGalloway, JohnAuthorizes magisterial district judges to establish drug courts.Cosponsorship 6/9/17
SB 38Hutchinson, ScottLegislation strengthening the penalties for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.Referred to Senate Transportation 1/12/17
SB 134Scavello, MarioProvides for a loan forgiveness program for college graduates entering the mental health, intellectual disability and drug and alcohol treatment professions.Referred to Senate Education 1/20/17
SB 174Bartolotta, CameraDesignates the offense of drug delivery resulting in serious bodily injury as a second degree felony.Referred to Senate Judiciary 1/25/17
SB 301Eichelberger, JohnRequires methadone clinic protocols to increase both patient and highway safety by amending the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 2/14/17
SB 348Greenleaf, StewartAuthorizes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join Interstate Drug Interdiction and Enforcement Compact.Referred to Senate Judiciary 2/15/17
SB 391Costa, JayAllows families the opportunity to seek involuntary commitment of loved ones for treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, dubbed "Casey's Law."Referred to Senate Judiciary 2/28/17
SB 419Yaw, GeneRequires county coroner's to report in writing to the Department of Health the death of any person resulting from a drug overdose, giving the time and place of the death and the related circumstances.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 2/27/17
SB 428Bartolotta, CameraEnsures a comprehensive and patient-centered focus for the treatment of opioid dependence in all treatment settings & requires programs to follow best practices in providing individualized care to each patient.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 3/2/17
SB 446McGarrigle, ThomasProvides for the regulation and certification of recovery houses, sometimes referred to as "sober" or transitional houses.Reported as amended from Senate Urban Affairs & Housing 6/5/17; Rereferred to Appropriations 6/14/17
SB 472Yaw, GeneLimits the prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid to seven-days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patients' health or safety at risk.Reported from Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure 6/14/17
SB 533Schwank, JudyCreates an Emergency Addiction Treatment Program to expand treatment space at existing long-term residential addiction treatment facilities & licensed halfway homes, & brand-new facilities.Reported as amended from Senate Health & Human Services 6/13/17
SB 534Costa, JayProvide for an addiction prevention and treatment assessment of 10% of purchase price to be paid by a person that manufactures, produces, distributes, sells or offer to sell opioid products in PA. Establishes the Opioid Addiction Prevention and Treatment Fund.Referred to Senate Finance 3/24/17
SB 535Dinniman, AndrewRequires school entities to incorporate child opioid awareness education into their curriculum for students in 6th through 12th grades.Referred to Senate Education 3/24/17
SB 536Brewster, JimAddiction Treatment Professional Loan Forgiveness Program. The program will offer qualified alcohol and drug addiction counselors student loan forgiveness up to $7,500 per year for up to 4 years, totaling up to $30,000. The counselor must agree to work at a licensed drug and alcohol treatment facility for at least 4 years.Referred to Senate Education 3/24/17
SB 562Sabatina, JohnInstitutes a 5-day limit on initial opioid prescriptions.Referred to Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure 3/29/17
SB 619Rafferty, JohnRequires the immediate notification of local law enforcement and the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control by any facility that has had a controlled substance stolen.Referred to Senate Judiciary 4/13/17
SB 640Rafferty, JohnEstablishes an official state prescription form for distribution by the Secretary of Health for use by medial professional authorized to prescribe drugs.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 4/20/17
SB 644Rafferty, JohnProhibits an authorized seller or distributor of a Schedule II drug from accepting a prescription order from a person not personally known to him unless he obtains a printed name, signature and address of the person who submits the order.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 4/20/17
SB 654Yaw, GeneProvides for drug overdose response immunity by stipulating that persons experiencing drug overdose events may not be charged and shall be immune from prosecution if within 30 days of experiencing the drug overdose event, the person participates in a drug treatment program ordered by the parole board or the court with jurisdiction over the potential criminal charge.Referred to Senate Judiciary 5/2/17
SB 655Yaw, GeneRequires mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 5/2/17
SB 662Bartolotta, CameraNew crime for drug delivery that results in serious bodily injury & addition of sentencing enhancements.Reported as amended from Senate Judiciary 6/6/17; Rereferred to Appropriations 6/14/17
SB 674Rafferty, JohnImplements automatic scheduling changes for controlled substances in PA in coordination with a proposed federal scheduling change.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 5/4/17
SB 710Brewster, JamesProviding for court-ordered involuntary treatment of certain persons for controlled substance addiction.Referred to Senate Judiciary 5/19/17
SB 711Brewster, JamesProhibits opioid prescriptions of more than 100 milligrams of morphine or the equivalent.Referred to Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure 5/24/17
SB 712Brewster, JamesStiffens penalties for drug trafficking based on the amount of drugs involved and whether illegal weapons were involved.Referred to Senate Judiciary 5/19/17
SB 728Yaw, GeneEpilepsy Drug Exemption from ABC-MAPApproved by Senate Health & Human Services 6/13/17
TBDAlloway, RichardAuthorizes the electronic prescribing of opioid medications as a means to prevent diversion due to handwritten prescriptions.Cosponsorship memo 1/12/17
TBDGreenleaf, StewartCreates the Criminal Justice and Addiction Treatment Act to provide for a pre-release plan for inmates with substance use disorders, educate & train government-funded professionals, & require treatment.Cosponsorship memo 1/24/17
TBDLangerholc, WayneCourt Assessments for Nonnarcotic Medication Substance Abuse Treatment ProgramCosponsorship memo 3/24/17
TBDYaw, GeneRequires insurers to provide coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid (ADO) formulations.Cosponsorship memo 4/12/17
TBDWard, Kim & Vulakovich, RandyEstablishes an additional sentence of one year in prison and a $5,000 if a person is caught dealing heroin and found with more than three doses of naloxone.Cosponsorship memo 5/31/17

Senate

Bill NumberSponsorDescriptionCurrent Location
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Yaw
Requiring mandatory reporting for all heroin and opioid overdoses where Naloxone, also known as Narcan, was administered. Currently, there is no mandatory reporting system in place.
Not Introduced
SB 1202 (Act 124)Yaw / Wozniak
Legislation to require “pain management” and “prescribing practices of opioids” to be included in continuing medical education credits for those professionals licensed to prescribe in the Commonwealth.
Signed by Governor
SB 1210
Schwank
The State’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will be charged with establishing the Emergency Addiction Treatment Program that will offer new addiction treatment facilities for those drug users that are currently going without care. The facilities will either be existing long-term residential addiction treatment facilities, licensed halfway homes, or new facilities.
S. Public Health & Welfare
SB 1211
Brewster / Costa
Establishing the Addiction Treatment Professional Loan Forgiveness Program.
S. Education

SB 1212
WozniakEstablishing the School Aged Children Opioid Awareness Education Program.S. Education
SB 1213
Costa
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.
S. Finance

SB 1228
Yaw / Wozniak / BartolottaPlaces a limit on discharge prescriptions by emergency room providers. Additionally, patients whose behavior raises a provider’s concern for addiction will be referred to treatment.S. Public Health & Welfare

SB 1305
YawLegislation to require that insurance plans provide access to abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs, and apply cost-sharing provisions for these products at the same level as the cost-sharing applied to other brand name and generic drugs covered under the insurance plans’ formularies.S. Banking & Insurance

SB 1336
YawLegislation requiring county coroner’s and/or medical examiner’s in the state to report in writing to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) the death of any person resulting from a drug overdose, giving the time and place of the death and the related circumstances. The reports shall be made on forms prescribed by DDAP.S. Public Health & Welfare
SB 1348YawLegislation that will require prescription bottles containing opioids to have a label affixed concerning the addictive nature of the drug.S. Consumer Protection
SB 1349Yaw Require a health care professional to receive written consent from a patient in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids, as well as to discuss the risks of addiction and dangers of an overdose associated with the medication.S. Consumer Protection

SB 1367 (Act 125)
YawLegislation will require all prescribers to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids, as well as to discuss the risks of addiction and dangers of overdose associated with the medication. Senate Bill 1347, in its present form, only requires physicians to receive written consent.Signed by Governor

SB 1368 (Act 126)
KillionAn Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in public safety, providing for safe opioid prescription and for patient voluntary nonopioid directive and imposing powers and duties on certain Commonwealth agencies.Signed by Governor

SB 524 *Act 80 of 2015
ScarnatiLegislation that will address the ongoing substance abuse problem in our communities across the Commonwealth by better utilizing FDA-approved medications for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence.Signed by Governor

SB 532
EichelbergerLegislation which addresses issues arising from the increased use and diversion of the prescription drug methadone.S. Public Health & Welfare

SB 870
GreenleafEnacts the Criminal Justice and Addiction Treatment Act.S. Judiciary

SR 267
Schwank
A resolution to establish an advisory task force within the Joint State Government Commission on issues relating to drug-addiction treatment and requiring a study and report by the Commission on them.
Senate Adopted
Yaw
Requiring mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.
Not Introduced

House

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Updated —3/27/2017