Governor Tom Wolf on Substance Use Disorder and Criminal Justice

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

October 19, 2016

Addiction too often is an invisible problem. People with substance use disorders and their families fear the stigma of addiction, which keeps them isolated and unwilling to ask for help.

The consequences fall to law enforcement, jails and prisons, and understaffed treatment centers.

But we can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic. It’s time to recognize that opioid addiction is a disease, not a crime.

Visit on.pa.gov/opioids to learn more about how the Wolf Administration is working to provide real solutions to save lives and help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives.

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