Readshaw resolution adopted by House

HARRISBURG, June 21 -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, which would look at options for dealing with heroin and other opioid addiction. 


The resolution (H.R. 893) directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study and publish a report on the benefits, costs and drawbacks of alternative opioid dependence treatment programs that utilize Federal Drug Administration-approved medications. The study will also look at the feasibility of re-opening state hospitals for detox, rehabilitation and re-entry facilities. 


“The state hospitals are already in place,” Readshaw said. “This would be a way to offer treatment opportunities for individuals who are looking to get off heroin and other opiates while utilizing facilities already owned by the commonwealth. It also will provide family-sustaining jobs throughout the state.


"The families who are on the front lines dealing with heroin addiction know that this is a serious problem today. We need to stop talking about the epidemic and begin providing real solutions for our families and friends." 


The report is due to the legislature in nine months.