SCRANTON, Pa., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Secretary of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne today joined local officials to launch the Lackawanna County Opioid Overdose Coalition.
"I salute the work of the coalition," Secretary Murphy said.
In 2015, Lackawanna County experienced 69 fatal overdoses, most of which were attributed to opioids.
"Substance use disorder, particularly relating to prescription drug use, among adults age 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country," said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. "Stigma and an overall lack of awareness has, unfortunately, created a nearly invisible epidemic among this population. We are steadfast in our commitment to protecting older Pennsylvanians and their families from suffering from this disease."
The Lackawanna County Opioid Overdose Coalition is spearheaded by Lackawanna District Attorney Shane Scanlon. Its vision is to create a healthier community by eliminating deaths associated with opioids.
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:
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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: April Hutcheson, Health, 717-787-1783 or [email protected] Drew Wilburne, Aging, 717-705-3702
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
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