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President Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency and has instructed the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis.

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PA Tracks National Averages in Most Behavioral Health Metrics; Heroin Use/Adult Mental Health Service Use Higher

August 11, 2017

Pennsylvania’s annual averages in substance use prevalence are similar to national annual averages across most measures in youth and adult substance use or mental health illness. But in two metrics, Pennsylvania’s annual averages were higher than national averages.

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HHS Secretary Price Says All Options on the Table to Fight Opioid Crisis

August 08, 2017

Following a briefing from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price addressed the media and pledged continued support from the Trump Administration to fight the crisis.

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Congressman Murphy Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdoses, Streamline Substance Use Treatment

August 01, 2017

On Friday, July 28, Congressmen Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation to streamline substance use disorder treatment records.

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PA Drug Overdose Deaths Up 37% during 2016. On Average, 13 Died Daily.

July 27, 2017

Released today, a new report from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Philadelphia Division, and the University of Pittsburgh shows that Pennsylvania’s epidemic of opioid and other drug-related overdose deaths continued unabated during 2016.

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Clarion University Offers First-of-its-Kind Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate

July 19, 2017

Clarion's University College of Health and Human Services recently announced a new, online certificate program aimed at training professionals who interact with individuals addicted to opioids or related drugs. This first-of-its kind training program will provide prevention and treatment education about opioid abuse and addiction. Clarion University created this new curriculum in response to the growing number of individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation affected by the opioid epidemic.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is Now Connected to 11 states and D.C.

July 06, 2017

Pennsylvania is now exchanging data on prescription pain medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) with 11 other states and the District of Columbia. In addition to five states that share boarders with Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) data is also being shared with Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Currently, there is no exchange with Delaware.

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

July 03, 2017

The Task Force highlighted nine proposals to address prevention and treatment of substance abuse. With an overdose death rate of 26 people per 100,000, Pennsylvania has a rate almost twice the national rate.

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Key Report Underscores Need for Continued Support to Fight Opioid Crisis

June 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released its Hospitalizations for Opioid Overdose – 2016 report. The report shows overdose trends for both heroin and pain medication. Trends include hospitalization rates, mortality rates, and payments, as well as geographic breakdowns.

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PA House Approves Two Health Care-Related Bills

June 20, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation addressing the safety of health care practitioners and a measure to help curb the opioid crisis.

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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meets on Full Agenda

June 13, 2017

Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), convened the Senate Health and Human Services committee to consider a full agenda, including opioid-related legislation.

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Comprehensive PA Web Resource to Fight Overdose Epidemic Has New Features and Partners—including HAP and More than 30 Counties

June 06, 2017

University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA.org is a one-stop-shop for information and resources to help counties and others reduce overdose deaths. The website has been relaunched with a new, more user-friendly design, new features, and new partnerships.

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Electronic Prescribing for Opioids Passes House Committee

June 06, 2017

As the Pennsylvania legislature looks to provide tools for communities and families to combat the opioid epidemic, the House Health Committee unanimously voted House Bill 353 out of committee.  Sponsored by Representative Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer), this legislation requires the use of electronic prescribing for a Schedule II controlled substance.  

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Battling Opioid Addiction across State Lines

June 05, 2017

Starting today, registered users of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) can search for information regarding opioid prescriptions filled by their patients in neighboring states. 

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