Pennsylvania representative to hold press conference on opioid epidemic


Pennsylvania Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware County), chairwoman of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation, will hold a press conference March 18 in the state Capitol Main Rotunda in Harrisburg to discuss the opioid and addiction epidemic.

Davidson will advocate for the passage of Lloyd’s Law, a bill she introduced aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians against insurance discrimination for carrying the life-saving drug naloxone. Insurance companies are denying certain coverage for these people even though a majority seek access for the sole purpose of saving the lives of relatives and loved ones battling opioid use disorder and addiction.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, has the potential to reverse potentially fatal opioid overdoses.

The bill is named after Lloyd Andrew White, a Delaware County man who lost his battle with addiction. His mother, Sharon White, was denied life insurance coverage because she had access to naloxone.

Guest speakers at the conference will include Sharon White; Lloyd White’s partner Rachel Marone; Lloyd White’s sister Stephanie Hall; Deb Beck, president of Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania; and William Stauffer, executive director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance.

All speakers will be available for interviews after the event, and the media is encouraged to attend.