Commonwealth Update: Gov. Wolf Signs 8th Opioid Disaster Declaration Renewal, Vows Continued Concerted Efforts

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Governor Tom Wolf signed the eighth renewal of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Declaration. In January 2018, he took the unprecedented step of signing the first disaster declaration so the state could focus resources and break down government siloes to address the burgeoning heroin and opioid epidemic.

“Renewing the disaster declaration and its provisions is a reminder that the collaborative efforts put forth by a large and diverse group of state agencies, third-party organizations and stakeholders is having a positive effect on the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We will continue to work tirelessly until we can claim victory over this crisis.”

Through continuous and expanding efforts, Pennsylvania’s response to the crisis has been heralded as a model for the nation by the Pennsylvania Medical Association. The commonwealth was awarded the second highest amount of federal Department of Health and Human Services state opioid response funding to continue with programs already under way that focus on housing, education, and expanded medication-assisted treatment programs, among others. Since 2017, Pennsylvania has been allocated $141 million in federal funding.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Opioid Command Center and its partners, Pennsylvania has:

In addition, Pennsylvania’s rate of opioid prescriptions is now below the federal average and from 2017 to 2018 – the most recent data available – overdoses deaths declined by 18 percent.

Find more information on the state’s response to the opioid crisis.

Read the full disaster declaration renewal.

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