HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will be joined by law enforcement and family members of drug overdose victims on Tuesday at a news conference to celebrate the implementation of an improved overdose mapping and data tracking system in Pennsylvania and its role in combatting the opioid and fentanyl crisis and saving lives.
The news conference will take place Tuesday, April 25, at 12:15 p.m. in the Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg.
Mastriano was the sponsor of the bill that became Act 158 of 2022, which went into effect in January 2023. The new law requires law enforcement to report and document overdose incidents in a statewide tracking system. Overdoses must be reported within 72 hours.
The standardized use of a statewide system was implemented to help local officials identify emerging trends, mobilize an emergency response, and alert law enforcement and EMS to the existence of fentanyl-laced drugs in a region.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show more than 100,000 people died nationwide in 2021 due to fentanyl and opioid overdoses, a 15% increase over 2020. Pennsylvania ranks third nationwide for overdose fatalities.
Speakers at the news conference will include:
- State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), Minority Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
- Jeremiah Daley, executive director of the Liberty Mid Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Following the speakers, Mastriano will present ceremonial copies of Act 158 to family members of overdose victims, youth advocacy groups, clergy of faith-based treatment programs, and representatives from drug addiction recovery organizations.
Watch live at SenatorMastriano.com
Media contact: Josh Herman