Earlier this week, RCPA submitted its position on SB 962 to the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee. SB 962 would force overdose survivors into treatment for substance use disorder.
RCPA opposes SB 962 because of:
- The enormous burden placed on providers to manage an unfunded and complex involuntary treatment process;
- The perpetuation of stigma towards the disease of addiction by introducing the complexity and trauma of the judicial system to the treatment of a disease – not the commission of a crime; and
- Scant evidence that this approach reduces overdoses and death.