BLOG: Governor Wolf Hosts Opioid Roundtable Discussions in Delco and Bucks County (Round-up)
By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
May 23, 2016
Last week, Governor Wolf hosted two roundtables in southeast Pennsylvania. The roundtable discussions, hosted in Brookhaven and Bensalem, continued the governor’s statewide tour to hear from state lawmakers, local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders and health care professionals about ways to work together to combat the opioid abuse epidemic spreading across the Commonwealth.
“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”
The governor’s roundtables and the bi-partisan support to combat the epidemic has led to a larger conversation across the state and within the state legislature.
Take a look at the additional coverage below:
Daily Times: Gov. Wolf leads roundtable in Delco on heroin awareness
“On this issue,” said Wolf, “we’re all in agreement that we need to do something about this.” [state Representative] Krueger-Braneky said Wolf coming to Delaware County for his most recent roundtable on the topic was appropriate, calling the county “ground zero” on this issue, with the highest number of heroin overdose deaths in the state and, yet, also the pioneer for trying to fight the problem.
Bucks County Courier Times: DiGirolamo tells Wolf to ‘go after’ drug companies for overdoses
More people die from drug overdoses than from car accidents statewide, the governor said. Wolf said he wants lawmakers to approve an additional $34 million for drug treatment in the 2016-17 state budget.
Other ideas for curbing the abuse of prescription drugs filled the room at Livengrin, off Hulmeville Road, for nearly two hours.
Altoona Mirror: Wolf gaining support in opioid crisis battle
The Wolf administration has championed several initiatives to lower the tide of overdose deaths by putting naloxone in the hands of every state police officer and providing Narcan to high schools free of charge. The governor also hosts roundtable discussions across the state to encourage other lawmakers and advocacy organizations to join in his crusade.
WITF: Wolf touts response to opioid crisis, says more help is coming
“[What] I’m doing now and what we all here in this building are doing now to focus on this opioid crisis really is building on what has been going since the early days of my administration,” [Governor Wolf] adds…Experts at the roundtables have said Pennsylvania needs more treatment beds – and Wolf says that is one initiative his administration is committed to in the next fiscal year. He’s proposed $34 million in new funding to address the opioid crisis.
York Dispatch: Senate Dems introduce legislation to combat opioid epidemic
The legislation comes a week after Gov. Tom Wolf visited York for a roundtable discussion about how to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic that’s plagued Pennsylvania. Last year, 65 people died in York County from heroin overdoses. The package of legislation includes an emergency addiction treatment program, a program to educate school-aged children about opioids and an opioid addiction prevention and treatment assessment.
Times Tribune: State lawmakers turn attention to drug epidemic
Mr. Wolf hopes the roundtable discussions, often involving local lawmakers of both parties, lead to a package to fight drug abuse that can be passed with the fiscal 2016-17 budget. “Our hope is this is part of the budget,” said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan. The governor has initially proposed $34 million to run some 50 centers to help individuals with substance abuse disorders.
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