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
Categories: News and Views

Opposition to Common Core Standards ongoing

Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core education standards in November 2013 and the conservative efforts to repeal them haven’t stopped since.

Last week, reigniting debate on the issue, Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) introduced House Bill 2439 that would repeal the standards while a commission formed under the legislation examined an appropriate replacement.

The bill currently has 23 co-sponsors.

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping up with the neighbors

A look at state government news across the region

Maryland deals with its own pension crisis; New Jersey sees another casino close; and New York sees inquiries into public record retention policies. 

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
CAPITOL CROWD: Chris Guerrisi, Photographer for the Senate Republicans

CAPITOL CROWD: Chris Guerrisi, Photographer for the Senate Republicans

The PLS Reporter sat down with Chris Guerrisi, Photographer for the Senate Republicans to talk about how he got his start in photography, his favorite aspects of his job, and what he thinks about golf. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Capitol Crowd
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GUEST COLUMN from Michael Manzo, VP of Strategic Engagement, Triad Strategies, LLC

PA Minimum Wage Increase: Why It Will Happen

Publishing in the The PLS Reporter, Michael Manzo from Triad Strategies takes a look at the likelihood of a minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania, speculating that it will happen and offering reasons why.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features
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