Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Federal Drug Diversion Policy Changes

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the joint 60 Minutes and Washington Post report on changes made to federal drug diversion policies:

“Gutting law enforcement’s ability to combat over-prescribing and predatory practices of pill mills during this epidemic is the opposite of what we’ve done here in Pennsylvania and this provision should be overturned immediately. Here in Pennsylvania we’ve worked with law enforcement to bolster tools to stop prescription opioids from ending up in the hands of drug dealers and with health professionals to put sensible limits on prescribing to children and in the emergency room.

“I have serious doubts now whether Congressman Marino can serve as the nation’s top official on drug policy. Congressman Marino owes his constituents, particularly those families in Northeastern Pennsylvania dealing with the terror of this epidemic, an answer as to why he allegedly spearheaded an effort to weaken law enforcement’s ability to combat drug diversion of powerful narcotics by predatory dispensers.”