Working Together to Combat Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic (VIDEO)

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

November 05, 2016

Every day, we lose ten Pennsylvanians to the disease of opioid addiction. 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives in 2015 alone.

Governor Wolf and members of his administration have been traveling the commonwealth, making over 60 stops across the state to talk to people affected by this public health crisis.

In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to call for legislation that would battle the disease of addiction, and on November 2nd, Governor Wolf signed five bills that combat Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.

  • Senate Bill 1202 strengthens the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
  • Senate Bill 1367 and House Bill 1699 restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or emergency rooms patients.
  • Senate Bill 1368 establishes education curriculum on safe prescribing.
  • House Bill 1737 creates more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.

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