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Heroin Task Force Agenda Released, Nine Proposals around Prevention and Recovery

July 03, 2017

Last week the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force released its agenda for the 115th Congress to address the opioid epidemic.

The Task Force highlighted nine proposals to address prevention and treatment of substance abuse. The proposals range from funding new screening equipment and personnel to intercept synthetic opioids and incoming contraband to allowing family members the option of using their Health Savings Accounts to pay for addiction treatment for any relatives.

With an overdose death rate of 26 people per 100,000, Pennsylvania has a rate almost twice the national rate (14.7 per 100,000). Pennsylvania recorded more than 3,300 overdose deaths, nearly three times more deaths than traffic fatalities for the entire state. The number of overdose deaths has likely has risen for 2016. Heroin, oxycodone, and fentanyl (illustrated below) are the most prevalent substances in overdose deaths in many counties across the commonwealth.

Source: Drug Enforcement Administration, 2016

HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are working with health care stakeholders across the state to fight the substance abuse epidemic. HAP continues to provide informational resources for legislation related to the substance use. Earlier this year, HAP hosted a timely, hands-on regional workshop for physicians that provided insight as to how Pennsylvania is reacting to combat this epidemic. To learn more, please contact Michael J. Consuelos, senior vice president for clinical integration.

This fall, HAP will be hosting the 2017 Patient Safety & Quality Symposium, an informative two-day conference where patient safety and quality leaders engage industry experts around challenges and best practices in safety and health care quality. Additional information, including registration details is available on HAP’s website.

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