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Tonight: A Commonwealth Crisis Telephone Town Hall
At 6:30 this evening, I am cohosting a live telephone town hall meeting to discuss the state’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic.
This is one of five Tele-Town Hall meetings that will be held around the Commonwealth. To sign up, visit www.ACommonwealthCrisis.com or text TALKHEROIN to 828282. There will be a live audio stream at the time of the event on the website as well.
Heroin and opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions and is devastating our communities. We must act now to further educate people and bring awareness to the opioid epidemic and I am pleased to be able to join with Senator Gene Yaw and my other Senate colleagues in an effort to combat the most devastating drug epidemic in Pennsylvania and in U.S. history.
As chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Sen. Yaw has held numerous public hearings across the state to gain input from stakeholders on this growing problem.
The issue of heroin and opioid abuse has generated serious concern in Harrisburg, with the legislature and governor working together to provide resources and regulations necessary to combat the drug epidemic.
The state has provided “A Commonwealth Crisis” (www.acommonwealthcrisis.com) as a tool to assist Pennsylvanians in learning about the growing epidemic. The website provides information regarding upcoming town hall meetings, links to important resources and updates on legislative proposals.
In addition to the $15 million devoted in the 2016-17 state budget to combat this growing problem, the legislature has been aggressive with other much-needed reforms, including:
I hope you can join me this evening for this important telephone town hall event.