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On November 12, Governor Tom Wolf signed his 12th renewal of PA’s Opioid Disaster Declaration, which was first enacted in January 2018. The declaration allows for a number of initiatives and resources to help mitigate the opioid crisis and assist those suffering from opioid use disorder. In a press release issued by the governor’s office, DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith stressed that fighting the opioid crisis has become even more crucial during COVID-19.
“As the commonwealth continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic during the winter months, continuing our fight against the opioid epidemic has never been more important,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “While social distancing and mitigation efforts are critical to stop the spread of the deadly virus, for individuals with substance use disorder community support is a critical aspect of seeking treatment and ultimately sustaining recovery. Governor Wolf’s 12th renewal of the disaster declaration shows his unwavering commitment to support individuals suffering from substance use disorder and focusing resources to support the drug and alcohol community.”
Click here to read the entire press release and learn what Pennsylvania is doing to address the opioid crisis through efforts that focus on prevention, rescue and treatment.