Brown’s Bill to Regulate Prescribing of Controlled Substances Signed Into Law
11/2/2016
On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation into law to address Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis. The governor signed House Bill 1699, which was sponsored by Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike). Brown’s legislation, now Act 122, will take effect in 60 days.
HARRISBURG – To address Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 1699, which was sponsored by Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike). Brown’s legislation, now Act 122, will take effect in 60 days.

“Today was a good day for the Commonwealth, as five good pieces of legislation were signed into law,” Brown said. “It has been estimated that 5 million Americans are abusing prescription opioid pain relievers, which is leading to tragic consequences. I am proud that this bill has made it over the goal line, and I am hopeful this new law will help to prevent future addictions. A lot more work is necessary to address this public health crisis, and we will continue to work on solutions.”

Act 122 mandates that hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and they may not write refills for opioid prescriptions.

“Emergency rooms are not where long-term medical relationships between doctors and patients should be established with highly dangerous drugs, such as opioids,” Brown said. “We need to be doing all we can to prevent addiction, and keep excessive pills off the streets.”

Brown’s video comments are available at youtube.com/RepBrown. For more information about this legislation, or any state-related issue, contact Brown’s district office in East Stroudsburg located at 143 Seven Bridge Road, by calling 570-420-8301. Information can also be found on online at RepBrown.com or Facebook.com/RepRosemaryBrown.

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
717.705.2032
KCorbin@pahousegop.com
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