HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Tuesday voted in support of an amendment to House Bill 1774
that would allow for increased information sharing between departments of material from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as a tool to help the Commonwealth combat the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.
This legislative fix was identified by Gov. Tom Wolf as a helpful component of the opioid disaster emergency declaration, which expired in August after being renewed 15 different times by the governor.
“Cooperative government means that when a disaster declaration is extended 15 times, maybe it is time for permanent solutions, instead of a permanent emergency. That is the essence of what we are doing today: We are providing a permanent fix to help combat the opioid addiction epidemic in Pennsylvania,” Benninghoff said.
“Pennsylvania families deserve to know that their government will be working together to help provide real answers and better solutions to those struggling with opioid abuse. Today’s vote symbolizes a renewed cooperative effort in the fight against opioid addiction and overdose deaths that we hope to continue into the future.”
The amended version of House Bill 1774 can be considered on final passage in the House as soon as Wednesday.
Representative Kerry Benninghoff
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader
171st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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