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PA Governor Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration

Governor keeps pressure on to keep help coming for addicts and save lives.

The number of opioid overdose deaths in some parts of Pennsylvania appears to be going down. But Governor Wolf says addiction is still at epidemic levels which is why he has signed a renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration.

"We cannot stop until we end this epidemic." Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania.

Among other things, the declaration has:

  • Established an Opioid Command Center to coordinate and monitor efforts during the declaration. Sixteen state agencies and commissions, as well as the Office of the Attorney General, are part of the command center
  • Increased monitoring of compliance by doctors to the state's opioid prescription rules
  • Enabled emergency providers to leave behind naloxone with at-risk patients. Naloxone is the drug that reverses an opioid overdose
  • Changed admission rules to speed up and expand access to treatment

These efforts will continue under the new, extended declaration.

Also, to date, the state's Get Help Now hotline (1-800-662-HELP) has received more than 19,500 calls looking for information or to connect someone with local treatment.

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