Wolf Administration Officials Provide Update on Opioid Emergency Initiatives (Round-Up)

Since Governor Tom Wolf declared a 90-day opioid disaster declaration on January 10, the Opioid Command Center has overseen events to announce initiatives set forth in the declaration and held a media availability with command center agencies to provide an update on progress. Officials from 10 state agencies spoke with the media and answered questions about the actions that are being taken to combat the opioid crisis.

Initiatives discussed include a naloxone leave-behind program, resources for health care workers to better diagnose and report neonatal abstinence in newborns of addicted mothers, and a new tool to collect data from coroners on overdose deaths from opioids and other drugs.

Governor Wolf also continued the fight against the opioid epidemic when he urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the key initiatives and messages of the 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration.

“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority,” Governor Wolf said. “And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”

Take a look at the coverage below:

  • WITF: Command center opens to coordinate PA opioid relief efforts

    Almost three weeks into a statewide disaster declaration, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running. Based at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the center is designed to help state agencies communicate better as they deal with the opioid epidemic’s mounting death toll.
    A hotline connecting people to rehab centers is getting more than 300 calls a week.

  • WGAL: New updates on Governor Wolf’s opioid disaster declaration

    State agencies say they are already seeing a difference since Governor Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration. Differences have included: A Command Center established at the PEMA building, naloxone is being left with those suffering with addiction, a body scanner added to Wernersville Prison, and data that shows opioid prescription had decreased up to 13% in the last year.

  • Post-Gazette: PA opioid command center up and running

    Three weeks into Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration that the opioid crisis is a disaster emergency, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running, and the administration is pushing for new legislation.

  • YourErie: PA officials announce ‘Opioid Command Center’ through PEMA

    The state is revealing new details today on how it is addressing the growing opioid problem. Numerous state officials laid out what they’re doing currently and what their plans are in the future to combat the crisis. Currently, there is an opioid command center through PEMA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, that coordinates ten state agencies and works to enhance communications among those agencies to find what tools are most needed.

  • The Intelligencer: Pa. officials report progress under state opioid disaster declaration

    Pennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some of the initiatives include developing guidance for EMS crews on determining if overdoses are related to opioids and guidance for health care providers on how to diagnose neonatal abstinence syndrome, as well as data collection tools and reporting methods.

  • Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. officials report progress under state opioid disaster declaration

    Pennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some of the initiatives include developing guidance for EMS crews on determining if overdoses are related to opioids and guidance for health care providers on how to diagnose neonatal abstinence syndrome, as well as data collection tools and reporting methods.

  • Ellwood City Ledger: Officials pleased with progress on opioid disaster emergency initiatives

    Pennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. The officials represent 10 health and public safety agencies working together on the initiatives as part of an Opioid Operations Command Center, which has been up and running since the Jan. 16 declaration.

  • WHYY: Command center opens to coordinate Pa. opioid relief efforts

    Almost three weeks into a statewide disaster declaration, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running. Based at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the center is designed to help state agencies communicate better as they deal with the opioid epidemic’s mounting death toll.
    A hotline connecting people to rehab centers is getting more than 300 calls a week.

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