News from Across the Commonwealth and the Nation
(Statewide) These are stories of the people affected by Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. They are strong, caring, brave individuals who are part of the fabric of the communities across our state. Opioid addiction does not define them or their lives, and they are proof that people do recover with treatment to lead full and productive lives - just like anyone else. By giving their voices and stories a platform, we can help others see that it’s time to replace outdated stigma with support, encouragement, and understanding...(lifeunitesus.com)
(Statewide) The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is highlighting the increased prevalence of alcohol misuse, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and available treatment options during National Alcohol Awareness Month...(media.pa.gov)
(Northampton) As the Lehigh Valley continues to see the deadly effects of drug addiction, Northampton County is turning to a new tactic to try to save lives: helping residents get transportation to their rehab treatments...(The Morning Call)
(Statewide) Senate Bill 675 increases the burden of those suffering from opioid use disorder and perpetuates the opioid epidemic...(Philadelphia Inquirer)
(Columbia) Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Columbia County has joined the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI), a program launched by Attorney General Shapiro in collaboration with law enforcement that provides assistance to Pennsylvanians suffering from substance use disorders in enrolling in a treatment program. Thirteen counties across the Commonwealth have previously joined the LETI program...(attorneygeneral.gov)
(Bucks) Bucks County will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 and is asking all residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and other storage areas of unused or outdated drugs...(Courier Times)
(National) The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...(Chickasaw Journal)
(National) President Joe Biden is sending his administration’s first national drug control strategy to Congress as the U.S. overdose death toll hit a new record of nearly 107,000 during the past 12 months.
The strategy, released Thursday, is the first national plan to prioritize what’s known as harm reduction, said White House drug czar Dr. Rahul Gupta. That means it focuses on preventing death and illness in drug users while trying to engage them in care and treatment...(PA HomePage)
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Sent: April 29, 2022