Governor Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration

Governor Wolf has renewed his disaster declaration regarding opioid addiction. In the 15 months since the governor used a state declaration usually reserved for natural disasters, he has renewed it five times. The governor’s office says the crisis is far from over, but there has been some promising news. Center Disease Control and Prevention figures show fewer people may have died of drug overdose deaths in 2017 and 2018 as compared to previous years. Emergency personnel have also used the anti-overdose drug naloxone more than 18-thousand times. The declaration has also loosened some regulations to allow state agencies to assist those with opioid addiction more quickly.