Dec. 06, 2019

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) that would assist Pennsylvania residents with drug addictions to receive treatment was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives recently.

House Bill 1024 would specify that a person cannot be denied admission to a public or private treatment and rehabilitative facility based solely on a negative drug test. Facilities may still deny treatment for other clinical reasons to those with a negative test.

“The motivation for this proposal is an unfortunate case in my legislative district where a young man seeking help for a substance abuse disorder had been clean, but he may have been required to test positive for drugs to get treatment,” said Rader. “He then went out and used an opioid in an effort to provide a positive drug test and tragically suffered an overdose that killed him.”

House Bill 1024 will next be considered by the Senate.

Rader’s bill is included in the #HealthierPA legislative package advanced by House Republicans to deliver affordable and accessible health care options for Pennsylvania’s families.

Representative Jack Rader
176th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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