State Rep. Perry Warren continues to attempt to combat the opioid crisis facing Pennsylvania. Warren hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing Thursday afternoon at the Chancellor Center in Newtown to hear various perspectives from representatives around the state and community members.
Warren explained there are a few pieces of legislation being considered to help solve the epidemic, one of which House Bill 119 on the certification process recovery houses go through. This bill would hold recovery homes, designed to give recovering addicts a structured environment, to specific standards in order to receive federal or state funding.
“We heard a variety of viewpoints on the way to best address this crisis in terms of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support,” Warren said.
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Warren believes the Senate will vote on the bill before the end of the year.
When HB 119 passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in June, State Rep. Frank Farry described some work that had to be done. State Rep. Tina Davis expressed her support. Davis has drafted several bills related to recovery home efforts.
On Thursday, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith presented a very detailed power point on many of the programs that are currently in place to help solve the problem of opioid use in Bucks County.
One of the problems Smith reported is doctors uncertainty for patients with chronic pain, instead of prescription medications, they haven’t been trained on proper protocol.
Among the people listed on the agenda to speak was Pennsbury School Board President Jacqui Redner, Morrisville Borough Chief of Police George McClay, and Diane Rosati, Executive Director of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission. Also listed was Bucks County Sheriff-Elect Milt Warrell, who was unable to attend.