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Senator Gene Yaw

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Gene Yaw
State Senator


Heroin Treatment and Recovery Highlighted

PCN Highlights Center for Rural Pennsylvania Public Hearings on Heroin

Watch Hearing Video

Center for Rural PAThis summer, the Center for Rural Pennsyvlania, which I serve as Chairman, has once again convened a series of public hearings to solicit testimony on heroin and opioid addiction treatment and recovery services throughout the state.

On Tuesday, July 21, the Center hosted a hearing at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. For a look at the hearing or to preview testimony, click the link above or visit my website.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Center will host its next hearing at the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton from
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more photos, click here.


Center for Rural PA Survey

Police Department Survey Indicates Few Departments Carrying Naloxone

Drug-related overdoses are occurring all across Pennsylvania. According to a recent survey conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, in the last 12 months, 84 percent of local police departments in Pennsylvania have responded to one or more drug-related overdose calls. However, 82 percent of local police departments are not currently carrying naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdose.

While Act 139 of 2014 allows all first responders, including law enforcement, to carry and administer this medication, the survey found that the majority of local police departments are not carrying naloxone.

The survey did find that 28 percent of departments planned to provide naloxone to their officers within the next three months.

The mail survey was sent to 1,008 municipal police chiefs, or officers in charge, in late May. By the end of June, 578 completed surveys were returned, for a response rate of 57.3 percent.

Overall, the survey revealed the following results:

  • Drug overdose calls are widespread as 84 percent of departments responded to one or more overdose calls within the last 12 months.

  • The majority of police departments (82 percent) are not currently carrying naloxone.

  • In the next few months, more departments are planning to carry naloxone as 28 percent of police chiefs indicated their departments planned to provide naloxone to their officers in the next three months.

  • Reliance on EMTs and cost concerns are two main reasons why departments are not carrying naloxone. Other reasons included concerns about officer safety, difficulty in accessing training on using the medication, and liability concerns.

  • Fifty-five percent of police departments with overdose calls reported a fatality.

  • For most overdose calls, the police are the first responders (70 percent).

  • For a copy of the survey results, Pennsylvania Municipal Police Departments and Naloxone, visit or call (717) 787-9555.

    In the News

    Multi-faceted treatment urged for drug addicts

    Heroin addiction treatment needs to include more than just medication or short-term in-patient rehabilitative care, drug treatment experts and Ohio officials told Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday…
    Read more from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Lawmaker proposes addiction response fund

    Counties could tap a new fund to combat a widespread heroin and opioid epidemic under a proposal that a House lawmaker hopes to include in the final state budget. Read the Scranton Times Tribune article here.

    Ribbon Cutting Held

    Trehab holds Tiffany Pines Ribbon Cutting

    Tiffany Pines Ribbon CuttingOn July 17, my staff participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate The Meadows at Tiffany Pines, a housing development in Montrose, Susquehanna County that meets a housing shortage for low and moderate income families and senior citizens. Tiffany Pines is a component of Trehab’s initiative to develop affordable housing in the region.

    I commend all of the partners involved on a job well done!

    [Photo by Staci Wilson,
    Editor, Independent Weekender]


    PHEAA Update

    PHEAA Reminds Students of Upcoming August State Grant Deadlines

    PHEAA is reminding first-time Pennsylvania State Grant applicants planning to attend a community college that the program’s application deadline is August 1.

    Students who are first-time applicants enrolled in a 2-year program of study at business, trade or technical schools, hospital schools of nursing and community, junior or 4-year colleges or universities who are enrolled in a non-transferable program of study must also submit their State Grant applications by August 1.

    Additionally, eligible students enrolled in the summer semester must complete the application by August 15.

    For more information on the higher education financial aid process, schedules, for financial aid nights and FAFSA Completion Sessions and more, visit

    Fair Guide Available

    2015 PA Fair Guide

    2015 PA Fair Guide Available

    What makes a fair so special? It’s the community coming together, the entertainment and homemade food. It’s the best of show, field, woodshop, oven, garden, paintbrush, needle and thread.

    Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in 109 different fairs across the state. Support your friends, your family, and your farmers. Support your fair.




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