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.
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.