Pennsylvania Receives $3.7 Million in Federal Grants to Battle Opioid Crisis

September 07, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Last week, Pennsylvania was awarded over $3.7 million in federal grants in order to battle the opioid crisis in the commonwealth. In total, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced over $53 million in funding throughout the country.

“I have made battling the opioid epidemic my top priority and I applaud the Obama administration for helping to fund important state initiatives that will help those with substance use disorder,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. With this additional funding, my administration will continue its commitment to raising awareness about substance use disorder and increase prevention efforts throughout the commonwealth. While this funding will help in our fight against the opioid epidemic, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities.”

Pennsylvania received a total of three grants.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health received $2,880,000 to enhance the commonwealth’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), further prevention efforts, and execute and evaluate strategies to improve safe prescribing practices. On August 25th, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania’s newly redesigned PDMP is fully operational. The PDMP allows prescribers and dispensers to query and report information regarding the number of opioids prescribed, and to whom. This program enables health care professionals to address potentially fatal drug abuse and provide improved and streamlined care to their patients.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs received a Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Prescription Drugs Grant for $371,616. The program is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and work to address the risks of overprescribing.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health received $490,000 to better track fatal and nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses. This will establish the Pennsylvania Enhanced State Overdose Surveillance System that will increase the timeliness of nonfatal opioid overdose reporting, fatal opioid overdose and risk factor reporting, and disseminate surveillance findings to key stakeholders.

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