2012 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Title 42 - JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
Chapter 83 - Particular Rights and Immunities
Section 8307 - Action by parent, guardian or other custodian for damages in the sale or transfer of controlled substances to a child

§ 8307.  Action by parent, guardian or other custodian for damages in the sale or transfer of controlled substances to a child.

(a)  Cause of action established.--The parent, guardian or other custodian of any child under 18 years of age to whom a controlled substance or designer drug, as defined under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, is sold or transferred shall have a cause of action against the person who sold or transferred the controlled substance or the designer drug to the child, and recovery may be sought by the child's parent, guardian or other custodian for damages caused by the sale or transfer of the controlled substance or designer drug.

(b)  Damages.--Damages shall include the cost for treatment and rehabilitation relating to or resulting from the child's drug dependency or use. The court may order that some or all of this award be placed in a fund for the purpose of providing for the treatment and rehabilitation of the child's drug dependency or use, including past treatment and rehabilitation.

(c)  Attorney fees.--Reasonable attorney fees shall be awarded to a party that brings suit and prevails under this cause of action.

(d)  Exception.--This section shall not apply to a practitioner who sells or transfers a controlled substance listed in The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to a child pursuant to a valid prescription.

(Dec. 22, 1989, P.L.722, No.96, eff. 60 days)

 

1989 Amendment.  Act 96 added section 8307.

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