HARRISBURG – The PA House Human Services Committee unanimously approved a measure that would help Pennsylvanians with drug addictions to receive treatment. House Bill 220 would clarify that a person cannot be denied admission to a public or private treatment and rehabilitative facility based solely on a negative drug test. Bill sponsor, Monroe County Rep. Jack Rader offered the bill because a young man in his district who was clean still needed help for a drug problem. The man was told a positive drug test was required to be accepted for treatment. So, he decided to use an opioid in an effort to test positive and tragically suffered an overdose that killed him. Under the bill, drug rehab facilities may still deny treatment for other than clinical reasons to those with a negative test. The measure is now before the full House for consideration.

REP. JACK RADER