In Bucks County, Governor Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemic

September 30, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Family Service Association of Bucks County, a center of excellence, to discuss his administration’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic. The 2016-2017 budget included $20.4 million for Centers of Excellence which serve as central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.

“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. That’s why I delivered a joint address to the House and Senate earlier this week about taking legislative action to address this public health crisis.”

“This epidemic exists in every corner of our state, including communities in Bucks County,” said Representative Frank Farry. “This new Center will be taking a unique approach in addressing the problem and will make it easier for those struggling with substance abuse disorders to get on the path to recovery. I applaud the governor and his administration for its efforts on this important issue.”

“I am very proud to stand with the Governor today as we work together with organizations like this to fight the terrible disease of addiction,” said Representative Gene DiGirolamo.

“Family Service deeply appreciates the commitment the Commonwealth is making to save the lives of those affected by substance use disorders, especially opioid addiction,” said Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association of Bucks County Audrey J. Tucker. “We are honored to join a network of organizations that will be developing new solutions to this epidemic. And we look forward to working with our partners in Bucks County to create a strong network of supports and treatment that make a real difference in our community.”

In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and make progress for those suffering from the disease of addiction and their loved ones, we must work quickly and efficiently to pass bills to send to Governor Wolf’s desk. During his joint address, Governor Wolf said that he hopes to pass legislation that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, improve and increase education about opioid use disorder, limit opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients and minors, require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids, and establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.

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