Prescription drug monitoring bill draws additional concerns as it heads to governor’s desk

The Senate Thursday finally passed Senate Bill 1180, which would provide a prescription drug monitoring database which has been argued to help curb the increase in opiate addiction.

As previously reported by The PLS Reporter, the legislation has been dogged by privacy concerns as it made its way through the General Assembly in a process that has gone on for more than a decade.

However, as the bill moved through the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Thursday, the lone negative vote came from Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), who voiced concerns other than those related to privacy. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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VIDEO: Addiction Counseling Services Supports Restriction of Painkiller Zohydro

VIDEO: Addiction Counseling Services Supports Restriction of Painkiller Zohydro

After today's House Human Services Committee voting meeting, Deb Beck of the Drug and Alcohol Services Providers of Pennsylvania (DASPOP) expressed her concerns about the prescription painkiller Zohydro. The drug is the subject of HB 2203 - an act restricting access to the painkiller- which was voted out of the committee. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Bill Restricting Powerful Opiate Could Draw Physician Ire Following Amendment

Bill Restricting Powerful Opiate Could Draw Physician Ire Following Amendment

The House Human Services Committee today continued the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s battle against prescription opiates by voting on legislation originally drafted to ban the powerful opiate Zohydro. However, an amendment to the bill might draw concern from physicians and others prescribing the pain killer.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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