A very powerful invoice addressing psychological well being in Pennsylvania that you just by no means heard of is sponsored by state Rep. Tracy Pennycuick, a navy veteran and Republican who represents components of Montgomery County.
Home Invoice 1959 notes in its textual content that greater than 1.8 million adults within the commonwealth suffered from a psychological sickness in 2021. “For veterans in the US, the nationwide suicide fee is one and a half instances higher than nonveterans,” the invoice notes.
This commonwealth, it continues, “is in determined want of modern and cost-effective psychological well being remedy to fight this important public well being disaster. … A rising physique of analysis means that psilocybin, administered in a managed setting, could also be the best software at our disposal to fight this public well being disaster. Research performed by world-renowned medical establishments point out that psilocybin has proven efficacy, tolerability and security within the remedy of psychological well being situations.”
The invoice states that it’s the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Division of Well being “to guard the well being of the individuals of this Commonwealth,” and notes that the commonwealth’s “substantial veteran neighborhood” would “profit from establishing a psilocybin regulatory system to fight the worsening psychological well being disaster. … This act offers a framework for analysis on this Commonwealth to find modern strategies to optimize the general public well being advantages of psilocybin.”
Psilocybin is the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms.
Of the 2 dozen bipartisan co-sponsors of HB 1959, there is just one from Lancaster County: Democratic state Rep. Mike Sturla. Present you care. Please contact your state consultant.