In Delaware County, First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemic

December 21, 2016

Chester, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and Jason Snyder, special assistant on Centers of Excellence, on a tour of Community Hospital, which is part of Crozer-Keystone Health System in the city of Chester. At Community Hospital, which has been selected as a center of excellence, First Lady Wolf, Secretary Dallas, and Jason Snyder discussed the Wolf 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.

“People from every community in Pennsylvania are suffering from the effects of the opioid epidemic,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “It is absolutely critical that we continue to battle the stigma surrounding substance use disorder and encourage anyone suffering from this disease to seek help. I am thrilled at the work of Community Hospital and all of the centers of excellence are doing to curb this public health crisis.”

“As we know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate and affects every Pennsylvanian in some way,” said Secretary Dallas. “We are excited to have Community Hospital as a location for the COE program, providing quality services to individuals in need.”

In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help tackle the opioid and heroin crisis. Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, Governor Wolf made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.

During the fall session, we made real progress in helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease. The governor and legislators made significant achievements toward fighting this epidemic by passing five major bills that 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 drugs among other important initiatives.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use disorder, help is available. Please visit or call 1-800-662-HELP.

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