Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Rural Pennsylvania

Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Rural Pennsylvania

December 2015

Heroin Report - December 2015

September 2014

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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania held public hearings to examine and discuss current policies and practices related to heroin and opioid addiction, including prevention, treatment and law enforcement efforts. In Pennsylvania, the number of fatal heroin overdoses has been steadily increasing. According to a 2014 report from the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association, there were 45 reported heroin deaths in 2009 and 124 reported heroin deaths by mid-2013. Other states across the nation are reporting an increase in heroin use as addicts are shifting from more costly prescription opioids to cheaper alternatives. Three primary themes repeatedly mentioned during the hearings included: educating individuals to the dangers of opioid abuse; increasing the accessibility and availability for those seeking treatment; and providing law enforcement with the tools to help eradicate heroin from our communities. To learn more click here.

April 3, 2017

Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles-based journalist, will share the insights he gained while writing his book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” during a presentation on April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Quinones will discuss the development and writing of his book, which traces the emergence and social impacts of the national crisis of opioid and heroin abuse. His stories center around the fall and rise of Portsmouth, Ohio, as the backdrop to weave together two riveting tales of capitalism run amok: the unfettered prescription of addictive pain medications during the 1990s and the influx of black tar heroin.

http://www.lycoming.edu/news/stories/2017/02/sam-quinones-dreamland.aspx

State Senator Gene Yaw hosted a special conversation for his constituents to specifically address opioid and heroin addiction. Pennsylvania is leading the nation in drug overdose deaths, especially in young men. The Senator and his guests, Barry Denk, Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, and Dr. Nancy Falvo, Professor of Nursing, Clarion University, talked to callers about community driven programs to help prevent and deal with the epidemic. Listen as they discuss the availability and use of Narcan/Naloxone to help overdose victims. Multiple aspects of the overall problem were discussed from reducing access, the efficacy of methadone and other treatments, and how to monitor the use of opioid medications for those who legitimately need them to help with chronic pain. The panel also discussed the mental health issues that contribute to drug addiction.

2016

 
 

April 1, 2016
Bradford, PA
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April 21, 2016
Geisinger-Lewistown, PA
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June 2, 2016
Aliquippa, PA
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September 20, 2016
Indiana, PA
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2015

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July 21, 2015
Latrobe, PA
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July 29, 2015
Scranton, PA
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August 18, 2015
York, PA
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2014

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July 9, 2014
Williamsport, PA
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July 22, 2014
Reading, PA
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August 5, 2014
Loretto, PA
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August 19, 2014
Clarion, PA
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Senator Gene Yaw talks with Cambria County Senator John Wozniak about upcoming hearings through The Center for Rural Pennsylvania on the rise of heroin and other opioid use in Pennsylvania.

Senator Gene Yaw talks with Barry Denk, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania about upcoming hearings through the Center on the rise of heroin and other opioid use in Pennsylvania.

Senator Gene Yaw talks with Berks County Senator Judy Schwank about upcoming hearings through The Center for Rural Pennsylvania on the rise of heroin and other opioid use in Pennsylvania.

News

Apr

07

2017

April 07, 2017

When surging drug overdose deaths finally spurred state legislation last  year, many policymakers warned that there would be no immediate reversal of  the trend.    [Read More]

Dec

06

2016

December 06, 2016

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) will appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s “PCN Call-In” Program today, Tuesday, Dec. 6, highlighting state efforts to educate, prevent, and combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic.   [Read More]

Oct

26

2016

October 26, 2016

Landmark legislation aimed at curbing Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic were unanimously approved today by the state legislature, according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Oct

18

2016

October 18, 2016

Over 19,000 households took part across 14 southwestern Pennsylvania counties Monday, October 17, for a Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by area legislators to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic in the region.   [Read More]

Jul

19

2016

July 19, 2016

Jul

13

2016

July 13, 2016

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today addressed the latest report issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division’s (PFD) Intelligence Program, which analyzed illicit and diverted pharmaceutical abuse in Pennsylvania, as measured through drug-related overdose death data.   [Read More]

Jul

12

2016

July 12, 2016

JUL 12 (PHILADELPHIA) - Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Division, announced today that 3,383 drug-related overdose deaths were reported across Pennsylvania in 2015; an increase of 23.4% from the total number of overdose deaths reported in 2014.   [Read More]

Jun

28

2016

June 28, 2016

Legislation limiting the amount of opioids that children may be prescribed will soon be introduced by state Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).   [Read More]

Jun

24

2016

June 24, 2016

Jun

15

2016

June 15, 2016

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today released the following statement on the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 1202, a measure to increase education in pain management and opioid prescribing practices for medical professionals.   [Read More]

Jun

08

2016

June 08, 2016

Legislation to require medical professionals who prescribe opioid drugs to receive education on the topic sailed through a Senate committee Tuesday.   [Read More]

Jun

06

2016

June 06, 2016

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) is inviting residents living in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, as well as other interested individuals across the Commonwealth, to join him for a special telephone town hall discussion on heroin and opioid addiction.   [Read More]

Jun

06

2016

June 06, 2016

In an effort to address the opioid overdose epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, state Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today said he will introduce legislation that implements Safe Opioid Prescribing Curriculum in all of Pennsylvania’s medical schools, with state funding being contingent on the curriculum implementation.   [Read More]

May

26

2016

May 26, 2016

May

24

2016

May 24, 2016

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will hold its 10th public hearing to solicit testimony on confronting the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and how this epidemic is affecting our most rural counties.   [Read More]

Please contact the Center for Rural Pennsylvania at (717) 787-9555 to RSVP or for more information. You may also RSVP via email at info@rural.palegislature.us.