As evidenced by the recent deaths of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and more than 20 people in the Pittsburgh area, heroin and other street drugs are dangerous – yet prevalent – in not only large cities but in communities across Pennsylvania.
Bipartisan efforts have been made in the PA legislature to combat the deadly effects of drug trafficking. Sen. John Rafferty, Jr. (R-Montgomery) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) along with several other senators from both parties worked together to pass Act 200 of 2012. That law made it a crime to recruit gang members and enhanced sentences for various crimes committed by crime members.
During our Feb. 27 Reporters’ Series session, both Senators will talk about the ongoing impact of Act 200 of 2012, specifically as it applies to drug trafficking. They’ll also be available to answer questions about pending legislation dealing with illegal drugs. (Senate Bills 1104, 854, 466, 498 and 176 are included.)
In addition, Deb Beck, a nationally-recognized drug and alcohol consultant, with also participate in the Program. Beck is President of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania (DASPOP) and has more than 30 years of clinical, policy and legislative experience in the drug and alcohol treatment field. She’ll offer insight into how heroin and other drugs are impacting our communities.
Teleconference is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon. Cost: $10 per phone line for PNA members. $20 for non-members. To register, email Kathleen Landis or phone her at 717-703-3012.
Deb Beck, President, Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania (DASPOP)
Sen. John Rafferty, Jr. (R-Montgomery)
Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne)
This is another in a series of sessions being made available through the PNA Foundation’s Reporters’ Series. The Reporters’ Series is meant to provide an educational, non-partisan forum for in-depth exploration of important and timely policy issues impacting the Commonwealth. Through these inexpensive and convenient teleconference sessions, you can simply phone in and listen to experts explain the particulars of a policy topic or pending legislation. Straight facts that will help you better understand and cover an issue and its effect on your community and readers.