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Petitioning State Senator PA 25th District Sen. Joe Scarnati PA-025 and 28 others

Urge the PA General Assembly to Oppose the Methadone Accountability Package

A package of legislation was recently introduced in the state senate, called the Methadone Accountability Package. These bills and a resolution include S.B. 1293, S.B. 1294 - the Methadone Addiction Prevention and Treatment Act, S.B. 1376, S.B. 1377, S.B. 1378, S.B. 1382, S.B. 1383, and S.R. 348. This package of legislation would interfere with the rights of doctors and patients to determine how long treatment is needed. Enacting this law would drive many methadone patients to return to using illegal opioids, like heroin. Please support Pennsylvanians right to medical freedom by signing a petition urging senators in the PA General Assembly to oppose this package of legislation.

Letter to
State Senator PA 25th District Sen. Joe Scarnati PA-025
State Senator Richard Kasunic
State Senator Wayne Fontana
and 26 others
State Senator Jay Costa
State Senator Sean Wiley
State Senator John Rafferty
State Senator John Eichelberger
State Senator John Wozniak
State Senator Bob Mensch
State Senator Elder Vogel
State Senator Daylin Leach
State Senator Gene Yaw
State Senator Richard Alloway
State Senator Raphael Musto
State Senator Stewart Greenleaf
State Senator Michael O'Pake
State Senator Lisa Boscola
State Senator Michael Stack
State Senator Edwin Erickson
State Senator Randy Vulakovich
State Senator Donald White
State Senator Shirley Kitchen
State Senator Leanna Washington 2
State Senator Lisa Baker
State Senator Scott Hutchinson
State Senator Michael Waugh
State Senator Patricia Vance
State Senator Vincent Hughes
State Senator Kim Ward
I am writing to you today asking for you to please oppose the Methadone Accountability Package, which includes S.B. 1293, S.B. 1294 the Methadone Addiction Prevention and Treatment Act, S.B. 1376, S.B. 1377, S.B. 1378, S.B. 1382, S.B. 1383, and S.R. 348. This package of legislation would allow the state government to interfere in the length of addiction treatments that use methadone. It would interfere with the rights of doctors and patients to determine how long treatment is needed. It is not the place of the legislature to dictate how long a doctor may treat their patients. Methadone maintenance has proven efficacy in the treatment of opioid addiction and it is up to the doctor and patient to decide how long the treatment should last. Placing artificial limits on the length of addiction treatments using methadone is unproven and would result in many of the patients returning to the black market to illegally procure opioid drugs. This would cause an increase in crime and addiction. Please do not support this intrusive, unscientific, health care package of legislation.

Petition Text:
Whereas: Recently introduced legislation called the Methadone Accountability Package, S.B. 1293, S.B. 1294, S.B. 1376, S.B. 1377, S.B. 1378, S.B. 1382, S.B. 1383, and S.R. 348, would allow the state government to interfere in the length of addiction treatments that use methadone.

Whereas: The Methadone Accountability Package would interfere with the rights of doctors and patients to determine how long treatment is needed and how treatment should be given.

Whereas: We the undersigned believe allowing the state legislature to dictate how long a doctor may treat their patients is not the proper role of government.

Whereas: Methadone maintenance has proven efficacy in the treatment of opioid addiction and, we the undersigned believe, should be left to the doctor and patient to decide how long the treatment should last.

Whereas: Placing artificial limits on the length of addiction treatments using methadone is unproven and not backed by medical evidence.

Whereas: The Methadone Accountability Package, by limiting the length of methadone therapy for use in addiction treatment, would cause an increase in crime and addiction. Many patients who would be prematurely forced off of methadone treatment may resort to illegally procuring opioid drugs on the black market. The relapsing addicts may also resort to crime to fund the large expense of maintaining an illicit opioid addiction.

Therefore, we ask that you please do not support any of the legislation that is part of the Methadone Accountability Package, a truly intrusive, unscientific, package of health care legislation.