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Senator Killion Continues to Support Effort to Attack the Ongoing Opioid Epidemic
This week I was happy to co-sponsor an important piece of legislation that will help continue the fight against the opioid epidemic, which has hit Pennsylvania especially hard. After many talks with local law enforcement and emergency responders I feel it is especially important in our efforts that this proposed legislation become law.
This bill addresses concerns around motivating those struggling with opioid addition to seek addiction intervention, after receiving medical treatment for a drug overdose. Thankfully due to the widespread availability of naloxone more individuals are being saved from overdoes that otherwise would have been deadly. However, while naloxone is a lifesaver, in some cases an addict who receives it will immediately look for another fix since it works by binding opioid receptors, blocking the effect of the drug, and causing severe withdrawal symptoms.
In an effort to better encourage individuals to go down the road to recovery, this bill would make it so a person would only maintain immunity from prosecution for drug offenses if he or she seeks and obtains an assessment by a certified drug and alcohol counselor and receives a referral from drug addiction treatment within 30 days after receiving medical assistance, such as naloxone, for an overdose. This legislation was developed in consultation with the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association. It is important to note that the goal of this legislation is not to criminalize opioid overdose survivors but to use the criminal justice system to help move individuals from addiction into recovery.
National Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month, a time to share the message that treatment works and recovery is possible. The 2017 theme for National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” Pennsylvanians with personal recovery stories are asked to share them to inspire others battling addiction.
Stories can be submitted at the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website: http://www.ddap.pa.gov/Pages/PARecovery.aspx
Reminder SEPTA Transit ID Cards Delay
Attention seniors- if you stopped by my office over that last few months to apply for a SEPTA Transit ID Card please be advised that SEPTA is experiencing some delays. At this time SEPTA is implementing a new card management system, due to this seniors should expect their ID cards in the next 1-2 months.
In the meantime it is important to note that you are still able to use a photo ID to ride SEPTA.
Note to Notaries
Note to Notaries: Changes to the Pennsylvania notary law include a new education requirement for current and new notaries public. The Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) will go into effect on October 26. All current notaries who will be renewing a commission on or after that date must complete a 3-hour notary education course within the six months before they apply for renewal. The requirement also applies to anyone seeking a new commission as a notary.
In addition, new notaries will be required to take and pass an examination before receiving their commission. Current notaries will not be subject to the examination requirement unless their commission has expired or lapsed. Information on other changes can be found here: http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/Pages/What-to-Know-About-RULONA.aspx
Tips on Charitable Giving to Assist in Flood Relief Effort
The most useful form of hurricane assistance is donations of money, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs. Here are some tips on charitable giving:
Senator Killion 2017 Senior Expo
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St