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Pa. state Rep. Edward Gainey joined other members of the PA-HOPE Caucus to talk about designating October 19th as “Lock ‘Em Up” Day in Pennsylvania.
Thank you for allowing me to address a joint session of the legislature.
Working together, we have had great success in moving Pennsylvania forward, but we still have a lot more work to do.
Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Mandated Drug Addiction Treatment
‘Just say no’ doesn’t work in opioid crisis: Pa. mom’s advice after daughter dies of heroin overdose
PENN LIVE | BY THE KIMBERLY FINNIGAN | 11.3.17
CLEARFIELD – No mother should have to write an obituary for her daughter. But when Michelle Schwartzmier put pen to paper to memorialize her daughter Casey one last time, she had no idea she was about to change lives within a schism of society most people would rather forget about.
Senator Daylin Leach Holds a Opioid Crisis Forum
Wisconsin Senate passes ban on deadly synthetic versions of fentanyl
JOURNAL SENTINEL | BY THE JASON STEIN | 10.31.17
ADISON – Wisconsin would close loopholes that allow drug dealers to sell versions of the fearsomely powerful drug fentanyl,under a bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday.
Prescription Bill Slows Opioid Flow
THE TIMES-TRIBUNE | BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD | 10.21.17
The state Senate unanimously has passed a bill that would help to heal some of the damage caused by Rep. Tom Marino’s bill diminishing the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the flow of powerful prescription opioid painkillers onto the black market.
Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million Funding for Naloxone to First Responders
If addiction is a disease, should relapse mean jail time?
WASHINGTON POST | BY ALANNA DURKIN RICHER | 10.2.17
Schuylkill to expand drug treatment court
STANDARD-SPEAKER | BY MARK GILGER JR | 9.28.17
POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County is set to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding to expand its drug treatment court.
22 Young Victims Of Addiction, And The Honest Obituaries That Tell Of Their Deaths
NEWTOWN PATCH | BY KARA SEYMOUR | 9.27.17
These 22 young Pennsylvania residents recently lost their lives to addiction. And their loved ones aren’t afraid to say it.
If you’ve looked through the obituary pages recently, you’ve likely noticed a troubling trend: there are many young faces.
Advisers: Trump Won’t Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | BY AUBREY WHELAN AND DON SAPATKIN | 8.9.17
President Donald Trump’s advisers said Tuesday that he would not declare a national emergency over the opioid crisis, despite an “urgent” recommendation from the commission he appointed to study the epidemic.
14.1% OF STUDENTS BELIEVED THERE WAS LITTLE-TO-NO RISK IN USING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS NOT PRESCRIBED TO THEM
24.3% OF STUDENTS SAID IT WOULD BE "SORT OF EASY" OR VERY EASY" TO GET PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
AN ESTIMATED 70% - 80% OF PENNSYLVANIA'S CRIMINAL OFFENDERS HAVE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS
ABOUT 80% OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PROGRESSED TO HEROIN ORIGINALLY USED PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATIONS
THE SCOPE OF THE CRISIS
In 2014, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), approximately 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from overdose of opioid drugs. The victims came from every corner of the state. According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), opioid overuse and abuse cost the Commonwealth more than $12.2 million in hospitalization costs annually as of 2012.
There is broad consensus the opioid issue affects all groups of Pennsylvanians – not differentiating by race, region, religion, income or any other factor. Beyond the public health toll, opioids are straining prisons (70 to 80 percent of all jail sentences) and are costly (nationwide, more than $50 billion annually in treatment and lost productivity).
WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?
Opioids are a class of drugs derived from or pharmacologically similar to opiates. While these analgesics are the most effective pharmaceuticals for killing pain, they carry with them a significant risk of addiction. Some data suggest that 60 percent of prescription opioid deaths occur in patients with no history of substance abuse and who are only prescribed an opioid by one health care practitioner.
WHAT IS HEROIN?
Heroin is an opioid pain killer. It is also used less commonly as a cough suppressant and as an antidiarrhoeal. Heroin is used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. Frequent and regular administration is associated with tolerance and physical dependence. In some countries it is also given to long-term users as a form of opioid replacement therapy alongside counseling.