Senate Passes Public Safety Bills Targeting Opioid Overdoses, Human Trafficking

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate approved two measures today boosting community safety by targeting opioid overdoses and human trafficking.

Senate Bill 1054, sponsored by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), strengthens the Overdose Information Network (ODIN) law, which requires all law enforcement in Pennsylvania to input reports of an overdose within 72 hours of the incident into the ODIN system.

The ODIN database enables law enforcement agencies to quickly record, analyze and share information concerning fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses and naloxone administrations.

Senate Bill 1054 would require the Department of Health to coordinate with the Pennsylvania State Police to ensure real-time overdose reporting by EMS providers is incorporated into the statewide mapping system. EMS providers are responsible for handling more 80% of overdoses annually in Pennsylvania.

Access to real time data helps ensure adequate overdose reversal drug supplies are available, substance use outreach efforts are targeted, and investigations are undertaken to interrupt sources of deadly substances.   

The Senate also passed legislation to expand Megan’s Law to include human traffickers.

Senate Bill 1111, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), would ensure that individuals who are convicted of certain human trafficking offenses are subject to the same reporting and evaluation requirements as any other sexual offender.

The General Assembly made significant strides in efforts to combat human trafficking with the passage of Act 144 of 2022, which added certain human trafficking offenses to Megan’s Law. Senate Bill 1111 would ensure that individuals convicted of these offenses, as well as attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit those offenses, are subject to the same requirements as other sexual offenders.

Both bills are part of the Senate Republican effort to improve community safety across Pennsylvania. The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.


CONTACT: Kate Flessner

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