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For Immediate Release
January 10, 2018

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PA Chamber: Governor’s Declaration Points to Need for Enactment of S.B. 936 to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic

HARRISBURG - On the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration of the Commonwealth’s heroin and opioid epidemic as a statewide emergency, PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding S.B. 936 – legislation that would help fight this epidemic as it relates to injured workers by implementing a prescription drug formulary for workers’ compensation. 


“We fully support the governor and legislature’s bipartisan efforts to combat the opioid crisis that has touched every corner of the Commonwealth, impacting thousands of families throughout the state.  Part of this strategy should be addressing the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs among injured workers by passing S.B. 936.  Other states that have implemented this common-sense policy have shown a reduction in the overuse of and addiction to prescription drugs among those injured on the job.  With the opioid addiction crisis having officially reached emergency status, the time is now for Pennsylvania to adopt this important measure.


“With the legislature set to return to session at the end of the month, we urge the House to quickly act on S.B. 936 and send this important bill to the governor’s desk for his signature.  Addressing the state’s opioid epidemic should be a top priority for all of our elected officials.  This legislation will build on the work that’s already been done and help injured workers avoid the pitfalls of the overprescribing of opioids.”

Editor’s Note: The following organizations – representing a wide-range of industry sectors – have joined the PA Chamber in voicing their support for S.B. 936.  You can read the latest coalition memo on why the bill is needed here.

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors

Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania

National Federation of Independent Business – Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Ambulance Association

Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

Pennsylvania Boroughs Association

Pennsylvania Builders Association

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance

Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors

Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association

Pennsylvania Municipal League

Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association

Pennsylvania School Boards Association

Pennsylvania Self-Insured Association

Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

Pinnacle Treatment Centers

SMC Business Councils


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.