Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill Banning Safe Injection Sites

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 165, which proposes Senator Tartaglione’s Safe Injection Site Ban, with an overwhelming majority of 41-9 on Monday. The Bill has now been forwarded to the House for their concurrence.

“Across this Commonwealth, Pennsylvanians are struggling with addiction,” said Senator Tartaglione. “When my community came to me asking me to introduce Senate Bill 165, I knew it was imperative to build a bipartisan coalition of senators from across Pennsylvania to support the bill. The vote today shows it doesn’t matter how rural or urban, liberal or conservative, or far east or far west your district is, addictions affect every square inch of Pennsylvania, and we need to prioritize recovery and sobriety.”

Senator Tartaglione, a survivor of long-term alcohol addiction and more than two decades of sobriety, reintroduced Senate Bill 165 this session. This legislation will align Pennsylvania’s drug policy with 21 U.S.C. Section 856, which already prohibits conducting drug-related activities at any U.S. location. It is important to note that this Bill is not going to impact public health efforts, including clean needle exchanges and medication-assisted treatment which are critical to reducing harm in our communities.

Leveraging her experience in addiction and recovery, together with her connections in the drug and alcohol recovery network, Senator Tartaglione is dedicated to advancing her legislative priorities to address this public health epidemic.

Senate Bill 165 will now go to the Pennsylvania House for their concurrence.

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