Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Outside an old fire station in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood Friday afternoon, surrounded by firefighters who have already saved 40 lives this year alone from opioid overdoses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new $5 million grant that puts 120,000 doses of naloxone, an overdose reversing drug, in the hands of first responders statewide.

Friday, October 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso

Experts: heroin epidemic should have medical and legislative solutions

As the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concludes its hearings on the heroin epidemic’s impact on rural Pennsylvania Tuesday, experts say that its solutions should be medical.

As Deb Beck of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania notes, this is because the nature of the epidemic largely has a medical origin.

“It’s a drug problem that typically starts through getting a prescription for something, that’s the feature that’s new here,” she said. “We are seeing an increase in heroin use across Pennsylvania—including the rural areas—because of this prescription problem: the prescribing of opiates and then people end up converting to heroin because the withdrawal is so severe.”

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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