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10/3/14 - Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday signed David’s Law, legislation providing some individuals who seek help when a companion overdoses with Good Samaritan immunity from prosecution, as well as access to life-saving Narcan to reverse effects of opioids like heroin.
The law is named for David John Massi II of Upper Chichester. He was 27 when he died of an overdose of a mix of drugs that included heroin on Jan. 27, 2013.
“As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen opioid addiction and overdoses ruin people’s lives and tear families apart, which is why these actions are absolutely critical to stop the escalating opioid problem statewide,” Corbett said in a prepared release. “The bill I am signing today will save lives and ensure those who help someone in need aren’t punished for doing so.”
For Lynne Massi of Chester County, the signing was a bittersweet culmination of a 14-month crusade she began as a way to help others avoid the same fate as her nephew and thousands of others, and to amend decades-old drug laws.
Massi and Daneena Dostellio, David’s mom, held hands and cried as Senate Bill 1164 was signed into law by Corbett on the campus at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Tuesday afternoon. They and district attorneys Jack Whelan of Delaware County and Tom Hogan of Chester County were guests of Corbett and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, who sponsored the bill.
“I’m so thankful to everyone who supported this bill. I want to help every state have this law and I will not rest until that happens,” Massi said Tuesday night.
“Today, Sept. 30, has got to be the best day of my life. No more children have to die,” said Destellio, who along with David’s father, David “Chip” Masse Sr., have found comfort in knowing their son’s death was not in vain.
Dostellio said the pen used by Corbett to sign the bill will be given some day to David’s daughter, 5-year-old Adriana Marie Massi.
Lynne Massi, the wife of retired Chester Police Capt. Joseph Massi, said it was her own feelings of helplessness at seeing her family in pain that helped to spring her into action.
“You can’t even begin to wrap your head around it,” she told the Daily Times back in January.
Knowing that Delaware already had a Good Samaritan law, she contacted Hogan. Together, they sought help from Pileggi, who eventually became prime sponsor of the life-saving legislation.
Corbett applauded Pileggi’s work on Senate Bill 1164 — which allows for legal protection for Good Samaritan witnesses. It also allows naloxone, or Narcan, to be administered by first-responders — including police and firefighters — and prescribed to a third party, such as a friend or family member.
“This bill responds to an urgent crisis in Pennsylvania,” Pileggi said, noting that nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths were identified over the past five years.
Pileggi said he was pleased to stand with Corbett, Whelan and Hogan as the bill became law, but he saved his strongest thanks for members of the Massi family.
“When I first met with Lynne Massi, it put a very personal face on the need for this bill,” he said. “I was especially pleased to have members of David’s family be on hand to watch David’s Law be signed by Gov. Corbett.”
When the state Senate unanimously approved the bill a week ago, Pileggi singled out efforts of state Rep. Joseph Hackett, R-161, of Ridley Township, state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-18, of Bensalem, and state Rep. Ron Marsico, R-105, Lower Paxton Township, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, for leading efforts in the House.
Calling it “an honor to experience part of history being made,” Whelan noted that his office is in the process of lining up training for first-responders, as well as ordering naloxone.
Whelan said he spoke this week to the police chief in Quincy, Mass., where law enforcement officers have been carrying naloxone since October 2010.
“Their success rate has been phenomenal,” said Whelan.
In the last two years alone, he said officers saved 300 lives.
At least 17 other states have similar laws. Pennsylvania’s statute will take effect in 60 days.
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From April 2013, Kacie’s Cause has been involved in numerous educational and community awareness sessions aimed at ensuring the community at large is exposed to the many faces of drug addiction, with Heroin use as a central focus. Concentrating on “Town Hall” style meetings, the events below have been held and future events listed. In addition to the Town Halls, Kacie’s Cause is actively involved in many aspects of community outreach and support.
• Longwood Town Hall
• Oxford Town Hall
• New Garden Town Hall
• Kennett Square Town Hall
• Parkesburg / Octorara Town Hall
• Honeybrook Town Hall
• Unionville Town Hall
• Healthy Kids Day – Presented by the Kennett Area YMCA
• Longwood Fire Company day at Brandywine Picnic Park
• Downingtown Good Neighbor Day
• Grace and Addiction Conference – presented by the 1st Baptist Church of Kennett Square
• Chester County Police Chiefs Presentation
• Caln Township Board of Directors Presentation
• Kennett Square Borough Presentation
• West Grove Borough Presentation
• Mushroom Festival
• Longwood Rotary Presentation
• Kennett Square Lions Club Presentation
• Pro-Act Recovery Walk – Philadelphia
• 2013 Delaware PTA Annual Convention – St. Georges Technical H.S. in Middletown, Delaware
• Drug Box drop off Program – December 19th, 2013
• Anonymous People Showing – Downingtown Cinema Stadium 16
• Cecil County Mayors Call to action Committee on Heroin abuse
• Unionville Community Fair
• Jennersville Hospital Community Day
• Kacie Erin Rumford Memorial Scholarship – initiated 2013 for Kennett High School
• Kacie’s Cause for Kids – Sponsored by the Kennett Area YMCA
• Parent Support Group – initiated November, 2013
• Chichester Town Hall – Scheduled March 15th, 2014
• West Chester Town Hall – Scheduled March 27th, 2014
• Avon Grove Town Hall – Scheduled April 23, 2014
• Tredyffrin Township Town Hall – Scheduled May 5th, 2014
• Instrumental in assisting with Pennsylvania’s current 911 Legislation
The Kacie’s Cause message has been well received and is supported by area Towns, Churches, Rotary Clubs, the YMCA, Schools, Media outlets, as well as Local and State Law Enforcement.
“I had the pleasure of attending two Town Hall Meetings and witnessing the presentations by Andy and the Kacie’s Cause team. The meetings were both emotional and informative. The message about heroin addiction is something everyone needs to hear regardless of our ages. I applaud Andy and his team and recommend they be invited to speak in any community”. Mayor Geoff Henry - Oxford, PA
“Heroin does not discriminate. It destroys the lives of the rich and the poor, urban and rural, young and old. Parents need to be aware of the warning signs and help save their children. Volunteer organizations like Kacie’s Cause play a critical role in education and prevention.” Tom Hogan - District Attorney Chester County
“Dear Mr. Rumford…We at the Kennett Consolidated School District are extremely grateful for your work in bringing your anti-drug message and experiences out into the open. These are dangerous times for our youth and it is vital that children, young adults, parents, and educators are made aware of and work to eradicate this life threatening adversary.” Dr. Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D. , Superintendent, Kennett Consolidated School District
“Kacie’s life story and her untimely death are unveiled by Andy as he shares his daughter’s tragic story in manner that resonates a profound love and loss every parent fears, but needs to hear…heroin is tormenting our Nation, our communities and our families; Kacie’s Cause brings awareness and education to this problem!” Chief Gerald R. Simpson – New Garden Township Police
“The distribution of illegal drugs especially heroin is akin to terrorism, destroying one life at a time. We all need to do our part working together and become involved with stopping it. Kacie’s Cause is helping in a very important way to spread the word of the deadliness of heroin. The movement is made up of people who are very dedicated and determined. I have seen more public outreach now on the dangers of heroin through Kacie’s Cause than ever. “ Chief Edward A. Zunino - Kennett Square Police
“Kacie’s Cause is doing a wonderful job spreading the word about a terrible epidemic. Keep telling your story and saving other families from the same fate”. Melissa Nardo - Multi-Media Journalist Fox 43 News (email@example.com)
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