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DiGirolamo, Stack to Announce Karl’s Law Creating Methadone Death Review Teams
WHAT: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), along with state Sen. Michael Stack (D-Philadelphia), will announce Karl’s Law that will give Pennsylvania officials more information regarding the circumstances involving methadone-related deaths. Act 148 of 2012 calls for methadone death and incident review teams in cases where methadone was either a primary or secondary cause of death. The review team will be a part of the new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

WHO: DiGirolamo, sponsor of the House legislation; and Stack, sponsor of the Senate legislation. Among those expected to speak the press conference are Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-Philadelphia); and Marti Hottenstein, president, How to Save a Life Foundation and mother of son who died a methadone-related death. Also expected to attend will be officials from Livingrin, PRO-ACT, Southeast Drug and Alcohol Council, Drug and Alcohol Commission, among others.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m.

WHERE: SOAR Corporation Lobby, 9150 Marshall St., Philadelphia.

Media contact: Jennifer Keaton, 717.705.2094,
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