BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues his Opioid Roundtable Discussions with Stops in York, Stroudsburg, and Hazleton (Round-up)
By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
May 16, 2016
Last week, Governor Wolf hosted roundtable discussions in York, Stroudsburg, and Hazleton. The roundtables continued to focus on the Governor’s top priority to combat the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.
“The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose,” said Governor Wolf. “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 Wolf Administration is eager to engage in these local conversations in order to listen to local officials about the challenges that they are facing , as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. “These roundtables are an opportunity to work 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 crisis,” said Governor Wolf.
Take a look at the additional coverage below:
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf talks at York heroin roundtable
[Governor Wolf’s] administration says it is making the heroin and opioid issue a top priority. On Thursday in York, he met with several officials, many of whom are part of the local task force, including Mayor Kim Bracey, District Attorney Tom Kearney and Coroner Pam Gay…”This is a problem we don’t know what to do about,” Wolf said inside Martin Library. “But we do know the magnitude of the problem. And we know it affects Pennsylvanians all across Pennsylvania.”
York Dispatch: Gov. Wolf discusses how to tackle heroin, opioid issuesGov.
Tom Wolf said it’s a known issue, but how to treat it has always eluded lawmakers. Local officials joined the governor on Thursday for a roundtable discussion in York on different ways to combat the drug that took 65 people from their families in 2015 in York County. So far in 2016, there have been 10 confirmed overdose-related deaths. “We do know the magnitude of this problem,” Wolf said. “But we need to figure out how to treat it. It’s also a medical problem.”
Pocono Record: Governor seeks addiction solutions in Pocono discussion
The discussion focused on the current statewide opioid crisis, and [Governor] Wolf mostly listened to the room full of people both professionally and personally familiar with the current state of addiction and overdose…“I need to hear from people in the local areas what’s going on and how they think we could do a better job countering this epidemic that’s affecting so many Pennsylvanians, so many families,” Wolf said.
WFMZ: Governor Wolf visits Stroudsburg to discuss opioid abuse
Talking about [opioid abuse] is exactly what Governor Wolf wants to happen at these meetings across the state. He says there’s no way the state can arrest its way out of the problem. “It will take money to create more beds for treatment, but that treatment process will be cheaper than incarcerating that person for years,” said Wolf.
Times Leader: Gov. Tom Wolf uses roundtable discussions to address opioid problem in Pennsylvania
With two Republican legislators at his side, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf Friday said he and the GOP-controlled legislature “don’t always agree” on many matters, but when it comes to addressing the ever-increasing opioid problem, the governor said, “We do agree on this.”
Citizens Voice: Wolf chairs panel on opioid crisis
“We’re trying to find out what we need to do at the state level, recognizing there is much that has to be done at the community level and at the family level,” Wolf said. “I’m sure the Senate and House will have hearings. I’ve been taking notes. I’ve been giving them to DDAP (the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention). There were a lot of really good ideas. We will get together and try to figure out what we can do.”
PA Homepage: Governor Wolf Continues Roundtables to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic
Governor Tom Wolf continued his awareness campaign about opioid abuse today in Monroe County. The governor spoke with those in law enforcement and health professionals on the front line of this drug battle. He also heard from those who have lived through the devastation of drug abuse.
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