Governor Wolf’s Week, July 17 – July 23, 2016

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

July 22, 2016

This week, Governor Wolf continued to highlight his initiative to combat the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The governor, who fought for funding to in the budget to increase treatment for individuals with substance use disorder, began touring the newly announced Centers of Excellence. Governor Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas made stops in Harrisburg, Allentown, Johnstown, and Washington County to visit the centers and discuss next steps to fight the opioid addiction crisis.

Continuing the battle against opioid abuse, Governor Wolf was joined by Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis and Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes at a press conference on Tuesday to announce new opioid prescribing guidelines. Dr. Levine had presented the guidelines to the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Board of Dentistry. The Boards of Pharmacy and Dentistry have voted to adopt the guidelines. The Board of Medicine has voted to adopt two of the four sets of prescribing guidelines, and will take up the remaining guidelines next month.

Governor Wolf also hosted two roundtable discussions in Pittsburgh and Beaver County focused on the economic opportunities and workforce needs following the recent announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that the company plans to build a new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. Both roundtables were attended by legislators, local government officials, businesses, and other stakeholders. Former Governor Tom Corbett participated in the Pittsburgh roundtable.

Next week, Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention. On Monday, Governor Wolf welcomed potential visitors of the convention to Philadelphia and throughout the week highlighted some of his favorite spots in Philly, as well as sharing important travel and tourism information.

Governor Wolf’s Week, July 17 – July 23, 2016

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