TAMAQUA, Pa., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physician General Dr. Rachel Levinetoday participated in a town hall meeting at Tamaqua Area Middle School in Schuylkill County and highlighted the steps the Wolf Administration is taking to curb opioid addiction rates in Pennsylvania.
"This past year has taught us how to more effectively fight the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and save lives," Dr. Levine said. "We must remember that addiction is a disease and recovery is possible. With the support of our community partners, we can help people get their lives and their loved ones back from the grip of substance use disorder."
The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. In order to continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf included the following proposals in his 2017-18 budget:
Some of the administration's other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:
The town hall event was sponsored by STEP Up Tamaqua, which is a volunteer effort to address substance abuse disorder in the Tamaqua community.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. For more information on the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
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