Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney as the mayor announced the city’s Opioid Task Force Report, completed to provide a path forward on the ongoing battle of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Philadelphia and around the state.
“The task force report, and the recommendations it contains, align with the efforts that we have made at the state level to give our local municipalities and cities, our first responders, our law enforcement officials, and all of our citizens the tools they need to save the life of a loved one – and get them into quality and proven treatment programs,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud the mayor and the task force for the commitment to fighting this epidemic that is a scourge on our state and the City of Philadelphia.”
The mayor’s task force was charged with developing a comprehensive and coordinated plan to reduce opioid abuse, dependence and overdose in Philadelphia and draft a report of findings and recommendations for action to the mayor. The 23-member task force, co-chaired by Dr. Evans, Philadelphia Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), and Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, met semi-monthly for two-hour meetings between January 11 and March 22, to produce the final report announced today.
“The opioid epidemic has been taking lives, destroying families and undermining the quality of life of Philadelphians across the city,” Mayor Kenney said. “This report and its recommendations offer a roadmap as to how, together, we can take action and adequately address this problem to reduce use and the devastating loss of life this epidemic is causing.”
The task force also included five subcommittees focused on:
- Data Analysis and Sharing
- Public Education and Prevention Strategies
- Justice System, Law Enforcement, and First Responders
- Service Access, Best Practices, and Treatment Providers
- Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction
For more information on the task force report, visit dbhids.org/opioid.