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Opiod and heroin abuse emergency declaration puts #PeopleFirst

House Democrats support response to crisis

Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus   Jan 10, 2018


Today, Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania in response to the growing opioid crisis in the Commonwealth.  This comes after more than 4,500 opioid related overdose deaths in 2016 and a more than 80 percent increase in emergency room visits for overdoses between 2016 and 2017.

The Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus welcomes Governor Wolf’s announcement.  House Minority Leader Frank Dermody and Hope Caucus Democratic Chairman Rep. Ed Gainey had this to say about the governor’s declaration:

"Pennsylvania's drug-addiction emergency is impacting individuals, families and communities on just as large a scale as any other natural disaster our state has experienced in our lifetime. Our response now must match our response to those crises," Dermody said.

"Republican and Democratic legislators have been instrumental in responding to the heroin and opioid addiction crisis," Gainey said. "Scores of legislators have joined our HOPE Caucus dedicated to leading Pennsylvania from addiction to recovery. The General Assembly worked with the governor to propose and pass new laws to reduce the prescribing and availability of opioids that can lead to addiction, to expand access to treatment and counseling for those trapped by addiction, and to enable the distribution of life-saving medications like naloxone that reverse the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses and save lives.”

"The House Democratic Caucus pledges to continue those efforts and do even more to combat this public health emergency and reduce its devastation on our state," Dermody said.

"In 2018, House Democrats want to focus on a Plan for PA that grows our economy with good jobs, quality schools and policies that put people first. We can't build a strong Pennsylvania if we don't have a foundation of healthy individuals, families and communities. Governor Wolf has been a strong leader in fighting the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis that threatens our state. As governor, he is uniquely armed with the flexibility and resources to respond in a timely and comprehensive manner to the crisis. We welcome the disaster declaration and the initiatives his administration announced today. We will continue working with the governor to advance and augment those initiatives whenever and however we can."

Thank you Governor Wolf for taking action and putting #People First and doing what is needed to be done to mitigate this emerging crisis. It’s all part of the #Plan4PA – protecting your health and quality of life. 


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