May 15, 2022

Local MMJ News

Just another WordPress site

Feds roll back ‘confusing’ addiction funding rules that had deadly consequence in Pa.

5 min read
Tyler Cordeiro of Bucks County was wrongly refused funding for treatment because of confusion over federal regulations.  He later died of an overdose.

Spotlight PA is an independent, bipartisan newsroom operated by The Philadelphia Inquirer in association with PennLive / The Patriot-News, TribLIVE / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and WITF Public Media.Sign up for our free newsletter.

HARRISBURG – A federal agency sending billions of dollars to states to help them respond to the opioid crisis is rolling back part of a policy that caused widespread confusion in Pennsylvania and falsely preventing at least one person from doing the later died of an overdose, got access to addiction treatment.

The Drug Abuse and Mental Health Authority has removed wording prohibiting grant recipients from providing federal funding to “any person or organization that provides or permits the use of marijuana for the purpose of treating drug use or mental disorders.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs highlighted the change in a public bulletin on Monday. A spokesman said the agency “has no insight into the rationale for the change, but we’re pleased that the updated term no longer includes the ban”.

Leave a Reply