Overdose deaths in Pa. dropped by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, Wolf says

Overdose deaths in Pa. dropped by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, Wolf says

The Wolf Administration on Thursday announced that overdose deaths in Pennsylvania dropped by 18 percent from 2017 to 2018, citing data provided by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The news comes as Gov. Tom Wolf and his cabinet provided an update on state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, which has hit Pennsylvania particularly hard. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House Democrats question how state police handle opioid crisis and rape kit backlogs

House Democrats question how state police handle opioid crisis and rape kit backlogs

House Democrats focused on rape kit backlogs and the opioid epidemic during Wednesday’s budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senate Appropriation Committee members focused on how the Department of Corrections (DOC) handles mentally ill inmates and inmates struggling with addiction during Thursday’s budget hearing.


DOC asked for an addition $2 million dollars in this year’s proposed budget.


According to DOC Sec. John Wetzel the extra $2 million would help to treat inmates with varying mental health issues.

Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

In light of epidemic, Allegheny County exploring lawsuit against opioid producers

Allegheny County is putting out a request for qualifications this Friday to explore filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that misled consumers about the addictive qualities of opioids.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: House Bill 18 to be considered by full House as soon as next week

VIDEO: House Bill 18 to be considered by full House as soon as next week

Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) introduced House Bill 18 which institutes a drug “formulary” for injured workers in the workers’ compensation system and could potentially help with the opioid crisis.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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