From coordinating efforts for the placement of drug drop boxes to requiring oversight and accountability for recovery houses to ensure they’re safe, Todd is fighting to protect our community from opioids. More than 2,800 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to opioid overdoses in 2018 and Todd knows more work must be done to protect our families from experiencing the pain of addiction.
This crisis is unlike any other drug crisis we have ever seen. Heroin has never been so plentiful nor so cheap and the haunting story of people suffering an injury and quickly becoming addicted to their prescriptions is one which nearly all of us have a connection to. Drug use and overdoses affect the lives of our friends, families, co-workers, and the community, but most importantly drug overdose affects the lives of Pennsylvania’s children. It is the effects that a parent’s or caregiver’s overdose has on a child that concerns me the most. That’s why Todd is proposing bipartisan legislation that would amend the Domestic Relations Law to mandate the reporting of actual or suspected drug overdoses suffered by a parent, guardian, caretaker, or another custodian of a child under the age of 18.
Todd has also supported legislation that created a Prescription Drug Monitoring database, provides better education for consumers on pain management, limits prescriptions for minors, and increases access to treatment opportunities.