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Heffley named to drug recovery study task force

Published July 23. 2019 04:06PM

Reps. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, and Todd Polinchock, R-Bucks, have been appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to serve as members of a legislative task force that will conduct a study on “warm handoff to treatment” for individuals in Pennsylvania struggling with drug addiction.

The task force was created by House Resolution 216, sponsored by Polinchock, which was unanimously adopted in June. The task force will be assisted in its review by an advisory committee established by the Joint State Government Commission which will present a report on its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives within 18 months.

“Our volunteer emergency services personnel know how common it is to give the life-saving drug Narcan to the same individuals repeatedly,” Polinchock said. “We need to make it easier to get those individuals to the next step in treatment. I’m honored to join Rep. Heffley in opening the road to complete recovery.”

Heffley is the prime sponsor of House Bill 424, which would establish a statewide “warm handoff” program to ensure drug overdose survivors receive treatment after they are released from the hospital.

“While there have been statewide efforts to strengthen the warm handoff of overdose survivors to treatment, my legislation would provide much stronger tools to forge the next link in the continuum of care for people struggling with a life-threatening substance abuse disorder,” said Heffley. “I applaud Rep. Polinchock for creating the task force and look forward to exploring our options for establishing an effective warm handoff program in Pennsylvania and saving lives.”

The advisory committee created by the resolution will consist of physicians, hospital administrators, EMS company representatives, law enforcement officials and drug treatment experts. They will examine methods of collecting useful data, identify funding sources, and most importantly, find ways to stabilize those suffering from a drug addiction and getting them into treatment.

Joining Heffley and Polinchock as members of the bipartisan task force are Reps. Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) and Joe Hohenstein (D-Philadelphia).

Yea & us tax payers have to pay for it. Another social program. Why not make them pay for some of it after they pass the recovery program & obtain employment instead of always just a free hand out
Heffley has accomplished nothing, during his time in office. You’ll only see him when there’s a photo op involved. Yet, he’ll continue to be re-elected for as long as he decides to continuing running.
Carbon County has no money to help addicts. There are no rehabs in our area and won't be. Addicts need long term rehab not 28 days. That will never help them. They need to want it. Narcon saved my daughters life but she is still an addict. When will this county see the problem and help. I am so frustrated with our county system. The addict needs to move away from what they are use to. I have dealt with this for a very long time and now raising two grandkids. There is no help for us grandparents out there doing our part. Addicts won't change unless they want to.
Amen Marty u are totally correct. My wife’s nephew has been going thru this for years. Narcon saved his life like 3 times. We tried helping him with housing and meals but he can’t kick the habit. He’s been in rehab 2 or 3 times but as soon as the insurance dries up or assistance money is gone they kick him out part way thru the program. I feel really sorry for this boy. I used to sneak him money so he could buy food but found out I way just feeding his habit. I know I write a lot pieces on this site usually about politics arguing with the other side but this truly is ruining many communities. This is bad & somehow we as a community need to fix this.

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