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Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

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Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Urges Senate Passage of Legislation to Provide Drug Overdose Response Immunity
9/18/2014
HARRISBURG – The House returned legislation to further prevent drug overdose deaths to the Senate with an amendment allowing individuals to aid opioid drug overdose victims by administering naloxone in an emergency situation, said Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today. The bill, Senate Bill 1164, would also provide legal immunity to those individuals who aid victims by summoning medical help.
 
“As we heard loud and clear this summer during the hearings conducted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania on the heroin epidemic, encouraging reporting of overdoses and making naloxone available to first responders will save lives,” said Everett. “This bill will not solve the heroin problem, but it is definitely a step in right direction. It is my hope that the Senate will take action on this legislation and get it on the governor’s desk as soon as possible.”
 
The bill would provide immunity from prosecution for certain drug crimes to an individual responding to an occurrence of drug overdose under the following conditions:
  
The person committing the offense gave his/her name and location and cooperated with the authorities.
The person committing the offense remained with the person needing immediate medical attention until the authorities arrived. 
The person committing the offense reasonably believed that he/she was the first person to report the incident.
Law enforcement personnel only became aware of the person’s commission of the offense because the person reported the occurrence of drug overdose in good faith.
  
This measure is intended to encourage those who are with someone experiencing a potential drug overdose to contact the appropriate authorities to help prevent serious injury or death. There are documented cases where such actions were not taken due to fear of arrest.
 
The amendment deals specifically with the drug naloxone, which is used to safely counter the effects of an opioid overdose, such as heroin or morphine, specifically the life-threatening depression of the central nervous system, respiratory system and hypotension secondary to opioid overdoses.
 
The amended bill was returned to the Senate for concurrence.
 
Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
717.705.1834
rsmith@pahousegop.com
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