MIFFLINTOWN, Pa., April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine visited Weis Markets in Mifflintown, Juniata County, to discuss the opioid epidemic's effects on agricultural and rural communities and underscore the Wolf Administration's
"The opioid epidemic affects every community in Pennsylvania, and rural areas are not immune to this crisis," said Dr. Levine. "The Wolf Administration has been working diligently to give individuals struggling with the disease of addiction hope for recovery. No matter where you live in the commonwealth, you deserve the opportunity to receive effective medical care and treatment."
Speakers for the event also included the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's Executive Director Hannah Smith-Brubaker and Mark Critz, Executive Director of Pennsylvania's Rural Development Council.
"Addiction isn't a city issue or a country issue it affects us all, no matter what part of Pennsylvania you call home," said Critz. "Whether you're struggling against heroin or the side-effects of a powerful prescription painkiller, we're here to help you and your family in your community."
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:
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; Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
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