Rabb to introduce bill that would cut at heart of Commonwealth’s illegal drug trade

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila, is planning to introduce legislation with co-prime sponsor state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, that would amend the state’s current Drug Delivery Resulting in Death statute. Rabb and Kinkead both serve on the PA House Judiciary Committee.

One bill would eliminate criminal prosecution of friends, family members and intimate partners who share drugs that result in a fatal overdose while focusing criminal liability on people who commercially sell illegal drugs.

“Substance use should be recognized for what it is – a health issue – not a criminal justice issue,” Rabb said. “This bill would arrest and convict the real criminals instead of villainizing people who are battling with an illness.”

A second bill would require the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to conduct a study regarding how the Drug Delivery Resulting in Death statute is affecting communities and individuals.