BLOG: MAP: A Look at the Wolf Administration’s Opioid Epidemic Outreach

By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant

June 21, 2016

Over the past few months, Governor Wolf, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and other members of the Wolf Administration, have made 27 stops to discuss the importance of battling the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania and to advocate for $34 million to fight the opioid crisis in the final budget.

Take a look at the map of their stops here:

In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.

Governor Wolf and other members of his administration, including Secretary Tennis, Dr. Levine, Secretary Wetzel, Secretary Dallas, and Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown, have held bipartisan roundtables throughout the state to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf Administration and these events have been an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.

In addition to the governor’s community roundtables, Dr. Levine has been stopping at pharmacies in order to remind Pennsylvania residents and pharmacists that a doctor’s prescription is not needed to obtain the life-saving opioid overdose antidote drug naloxone. Last October, Dr. Levine signed a standing order that makes it possible for all Pennsylvania residents to access the life-saving drug naloxone.

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