Rep. Readshaw's resolution would fight opioid addiction
State Rep. Harry Readshaw has introduced H.R. 893, which would look at options for dealing with heroin and other opioid addiction.
The resolution would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study and publish a report for the Legislature on the benefits, costs and drawbacks of alternative opioid dependence treatment programs that use FDA-approved medications. The study would also look at the feasibility of re-opening state hospitals for detox, rehabilitation and re-entry facilities.
“The state hospitals are already in place,” Rep. Readshaw said. “This would be a way to offer treatment opportunities for individuals who are looking to get off heroin and other opiates while utilizing facilities already owned by the Commonwealth and will provide family-sustaining jobs throughout the state.
“The families who are on the front lines dealing with heroin addiction know that this is a serious problem today. We need to stop talking about the epidemic and begin providing real solutions for our families and friends.”