Human Services Committee to Consider Proposal for Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
WHAT: The House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will convene a voting meeting to consider House Bill 1651, legislation DiGirolamo has sponsored to create a database to enable informed and responsible prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances and to reduce diversion and misuse of the drugs of concern. The intent of the bill is to pinpoint the potential for abuse and misuse of prescription drugs, namely those that are highly addictive controlled substances like pain relievers. Also to be considered at the meeting will be Sen. Andrew Dinniman’s Senate Bill 458, which would replace the term “mental retardation” with the term “intellectual disability” in state laws.

WHO: DiGirolamo, Democrat chairman Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia), and members of the House Human Services Committee.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 3, noon

WHERE: 60 East Wing, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The hearing will be streamed live at and

Media contact: Jennifer Keaton, 717.705.2094,