Year-In-Review: Leading the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary

December 14, 2016

Throughout 2016, Governor Wolf traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania to learn how the opioid and heroin crisis was affecting families and communities. He sat with parents who lost their children and people in recovery and pledged Pennsylvania would make progress against this epidemic.

He worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to fund treatment for 45 Centers of Excellence for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. Centers of Excellence help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities.

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, including:

  • 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.

Governor Wolf also announced more than 2,000 opioid overdoses were reversed with Naloxone thanks to a standing order his administration established, and launched Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program to cut down on over-prescribing of powerful opioid painkillers.

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