Barbin chairs Policy Committee hearing on establishing regional detox centers
JOHNSTOWN, Aug. 25 – Regional detox centers were the topic of state Rep. Bryan Barbin’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today.
The hearing examined Barbin’s H.B. 2200 that would establish eight regional detox centers throughout Pennsylvania. The bill was drafted in an effort to address the recent heroin/opioid, prescription drug epidemic.
“Cambria County experienced 57 opioid-related overdose deaths last year,” said Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset. “We need to devote resources to treatment and making sure treatment facilities have the resources to help those seeking recovery support. Launching regional detox centers will go a long way in giving statewide access to addicts looking for a clean slate.”
“As evidenced, the heroin-opioid-prescription drug epidemic is a statewide problem,” said Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “Legislators are reaching across the aisle and working closely with Governor Tom Wolf to come up with statewide solutions to this tragic epidemic. Representative Barbin’s bill attempts to tackle this problem regionally and statewide.”
Testifiers included Jason Snyder, communications director, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Laura Conrad, legislative director, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Jeff Lees, Cambria County coroner; Kelly Callihan, Cambria County district attorney; Tom Chernisky, Cambria County president commissioner; and Jim Bracken, Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program administrator.
Hearing materials and additional information about the Policy Committee are available at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.