Governor Wolf Addresses Joint Session of PA House and Senate, Urges Action to Combat Opioid Abuse Epidemic (Round-Up)
By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
September 29, 2016
Yesterday, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to urge action to combat the current opioid and heroin abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.
“We have shown that we can work together to make Pennsylvania the great place we know it can be. It is now time to do so again and give the people of Pennsylvania a reason to believe in their leaders,” said Governor Wolf. “It is up to us to tackle the opioid crisis and give Pennsylvania the prosperous, healthy, and safe future we know it deserves. I look forward to a productive session and real progress toward stopping the opioid epidemic. Let us, here in Pennsylvania, lead the nation in fighting this crisis.”
3,500 Pennsylvanians were lost to overdoses in 2015 and ten Pennsylvanians die per day as part of the opioid abuse epidemic. In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and help those suffering from substance use disorder, Governor Wolf encourages the legislature to work quickly and efficiently to pass bills aimed at fighting this health crisis.
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TribLive: Wolf urges Pa. lawmakers to tackle abuse of opioid drugs
“Every day, we lose 10 Pennsylvanians to the disease of addiction,” Wolf said. “This is a public health crisis the likes of which we have not before seen.” Overdose deaths statewide topped 3,500 last year, or 1,000 more than in 2014, he said.
Reading Eagle: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf urges action on combating state’s opioid crisis
“It threatens entire communities throughout the commonwealth,” [Governor Wolf] told lawmakers. “Here in this building we can make a difference, right now, with bills that are close to passage.” Wolf, a Democrat, said partisanship should be overcome. The overdose death crisis has the potential to overwhelm positive steps taken by the Legislature in the past, he said. Beyond that, he said, families across the state affected by the crisis are calling for action.
The Times: Wolf, legislators coming together to fight opioid epidemic
“Addiction too often is an invisible problem,” Wolf told lawmakers. “But, in Pennsylvania the problem is visible: In the lives lost. The families broken. The communities shaken.” Lawmakers have made the battle against opioid addiction a priority, Wolf said. “And because you have brought the voices of your constituents here, it is now possible for us to fight with every tool we have,” he said. “And that is what we are going to do. We are going to take a stand against the vicious disease of opioid addiction.”
Associated Press: Wolf urges quick action on opioid addiction
“The opioid epidemic did not start overnight, and we will not fix it overnight or even in this session,” [Governor Wolf] told lawmakers. “But by acting on these bills, and by putting other ideas on the table, we can continue to stem the tide of opioid abuse. We can make progress for the families we have met, the parents who have cried on our shoulders.”
PhillyVoice: Gov. Wolf pushes state lawmakers for bills to combat opioid addiction
“It is up to us to tackle the opioid crisis and give Pennsylvania the prosperous, healthy and safe future we know it deserves,” Wolf said. “I look forward to a productive session and real progress toward stopping the opioid epidemic. Let us, here in Pennsylvania, lead the nation in fighting this crisis.”
PennLive: Gov. Wolf: Pa. must ‘take a stand against’ opioids
Pennsylvania politicians of all stripes are expressing great commitment and urgency in the fight against opioid addiction, which is killing ten Pennsylvanians per day and is expected to get worse before it gets better. Now the big questions involve exactly what they’ll do and how long it will take. Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his top priorities on Wednesday during a rare joint address to both the House and the Senate.
PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf addresses joint session of the General Assembly on opioid crisis, but more work remains
Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday morning in an effort to spur on legislative action to fight the opioid crisis facing Pennsylvania. According to the governor, while the legislature and administration have already taken steps to help doctors, law enforcement, and the corrections system deal with the opioid epidemic, more work remains to be done.
WFMZ: Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers’ fast action on opioid addiction bills (VIDEO)
ABC 27: Governor Wolf pushes for immediate action on opioid and heroin crisis (VIDEO)
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