Governor Wolf Signs Legislation Package to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

November 03, 2016

Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed a package of legislation that is aimed to combat the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania. Battling the opioid abuse crisis is a top priority for the governor and he commended his administration and the General Assembly for working quickly to pass the bipartisan supported legislation before the end of the fall session.

“I am proud to sign a package of bills that represents the work that we have all done together to address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis, and begins to curb the effects of this public health epidemic in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Four weeks ago, I addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of legislative goals that would help us tackle this public health crisis and together, the General Assembly and my administration committed to help the victims of substance use disorder, and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.”

The bills signed into law yesterday will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.

Take a look at the coverage below:

  • Associated Press: Gov. Wolf signs measures to address Pennsylvania opioid crisis

    [Governor Wolf] said repeatedly there was more work to be done to solve what he called a scourge and a plague. “This is just a start, let’s keep working on it,” said Wolf, who said he supports a shift away from stigmatizing drug addiction and toward treating it as a disease.

  • Newsworks: Taking aim at Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis, Wolf signs new restrictions into law

    “I mean we needed all of [the bills], and I’m happy that we’ve got them,” [Governor Wolf] said. “As I say, I think I said it three times, we have more work to do, but this is a really great continuation of a journey we started a year and a half ago.”

  • Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf signs laws to curb opioid prescribing

    Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law a package of bills intended to curb the epidemic of opioid abuse in Pennsylvania. The new laws will restrict the prescribing of opioids to minors and emergency room patients and will increase education for physicians. Mr. Wolf told a crowd gathered in the Capitol rotunda that while the new requirements are celebrated, work remains to be done, including requiring health insurers to provide access to versions of opioid drugs that are harder to abuse.

  • Lancaster Online: Fatal ODs already top last year in Lancaster County; Wolf signs new legislation

    On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed five pieces of legislation into law to combat the opiate crisis, calling it “a scourge, an epidemic and a plague.” The laws will strictly limit prescriptions of opioids to minors, begin training in medical schools on safe prescribing methods of opioids, and strengthen the opioid accounting system by requiring doctors to report any prescriptions to the statewide system within 24 hours.

  • Daily Item: Gov. Wolf signs opioid bills into law

    “I am proud to sign a package of bills that represents the work that we have all done together to address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis and begins to curb the effects of this public health epidemic in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.

  • Central Penn Business Journal: Gov. Tom Wolf signs off on opioid-related laws

    The bill signing took place in Harrisburg at 2 p.m., with a bi-partisan crowd gathering in the Capitol rotunda to formally recognize what the governor promises to be the first of many efforts to combat the heroin and opioid pain pill epidemic – “a public health crisis,” Wolf said. “We all understand we have more to do,” Wolf said.

  • PennLive: Wolf cites ‘remarkable’ bipartisan effort to pass bills aimed at heroin, painkiller addiction

    Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a package of bills he and others said mark a major step forward in the state’s response to the escalating drug addiction epidemic that killed about 3,500 Pennsylvanians last year.

  • Philly Voice: Wolf signs package of bills to combat heroin, opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania

    The five bills signed into law will fortify the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.

  • ABC 27: PinnacleHealth works to combat opioid addiction crisis

    Combatting Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a legislative package to address the growing epidemic.

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