Gov. Wolf issues statewide disaster declaration for the opioid crisis

Gov. Wolf issues statewide disaster declaration for the opioid crisis

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday he is issuing a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid crisis.

 

The declaration puts into action a 90 day state constitutionally-limited period where additional state resources can be coordinated and regulations waived en masse in order to jump start an offense against the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senate Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on bill allowing involuntary treatment of drug users

Senators on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Friday to discuss a bill that would allow family members to seek involuntary commitment of those suffering from the opioid crisis and drug users.

The bill, Senate Bill 391 sponsored by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills), is currently going through a rewrite as the Senator has offered an amendment that would allow a spouse, relative or guardian—or anyone at the request of the spouse, relative or guardian—of a user to file a petition with the Single County Authority after a suicide attempt, overdose, shows an inability to make a rational decision, or has harmed or has attempted to harm others.
Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Department of Corrections continues holistic approach to opioid addiction

Among the many issues confronting the state Department of Corrections is what to do with the ongoing issue of Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis and how affected inmates should be treated for their addiction-related issues.

 

According to Department of Correction Sec. John Wetzel, the department is taking a holistic approach to treating inmates that come into the state prison system with opioid-dependency issues by providing treatment so as to reduce addiction, but also reduce recidivism.

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Corrections Secretary John Wetzel speaks at Press Club Luncheon

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel speaks at Press Club Luncheon

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel was the featured speaker at the November Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon held Monday afternoon where he spoke on topics related to the need to incorporate more data in criminal justice policymaking, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and the opioid crisis.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Outside an old fire station in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood Friday afternoon, surrounded by firefighters who have already saved 40 lives this year alone from opioid overdoses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new $5 million grant that puts 120,000 doses of naloxone, an overdose reversing drug, in the hands of first responders statewide.

Friday, October 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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