The Wolf administration released today a list of excerpts from news articles and editorials praising Pennsylvania's response to the opioid epidemic. The controversial free statewide Narcan last week as part of Stop Overdoses In PA received equaling praise and disapproval across the state, however a recent press release listed numerous examples of praise.
On Thursday, the Wolf Administration distributed more than 6,100 naloxone kits across the state.
According to the Wolf administration, a recent study of state responses to the opioid epidemic showed Pennsylvania had made "considerable progress" toward curbing substance abuse disorder in the commonwealth.
“We conducted this analysis because it’s essential that policymakers know what is working, and where additional progress can be made,” said Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, AMA president-elect and chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force. “There is long way to go to fully end the epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation, but it’s clear that Pennsylvania’s policymakers are employing multiple strategies that are showing promise.”
The recognition came amid Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now week, a multi-agency effort to stopping overdoses through a week of events.