Tweets of the Week - August 5, 2019

Tweets of the Week - August 5, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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 members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill

House members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill

When the legislature returns to Harrisburg in September, there will be one bill awaiting a vote in the House Health and Human Services Committee that has earned bipartisan support and, according to its supporters, could do a lot to help those struggling with the cycle of opioid addiction. 

House Bill 424, introduced by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), creates guidelines for a warm hand-off program, allowing those treated for overdoses to find longer-term treatment faster and more efficiently. It also creates an Overdose Recovery Task Force.
Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans joined in the East Wing Rotunda to push for the passage of a package of legislation that would help combat opioid addiction across the state. 

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) noted that last year over 4,000 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District

Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District

On May 21, two candidates will face off in a special election for the 41st Senate District seat vacated by former Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) at the beginning of this session. Vying for the seat are candidates Joe Pittman, White’s longtime chief-of-staff, and Susan Boser, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

The two candidates have focused their campaigns on improving economic opportunities in the 41st district, which features portions of Butler, Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties in western Pennsylvania. But while their end goals are quite similar, the two candidates have some different methods for their plans on improving prosperity and economic conditions in the district. 
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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