July 23, 2020
Pennsylvania officials this week made several announcements advancing the state’s continuing efforts to stem the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.
Governor Wolf first proclaimed heroin and opioid addiction a public health emergency in Pennsylvania on January 10, 2018, with the issuance of a state Disaster Declaration. The 90-day declaration has been renewed nine times and substance use disorder remains a priority in Pennsylvania.
New announcements released this week include:
Earlier this month, the state’s Opioid Command Center released a 2020–2023 Strategic Plan noting past achievements and providing a structure moving forward. The plan outlines five main areas of focus:
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems continue to address the impact of the opioid epidemic in their communities, even within the context of the COVID-19 emergency. Through the HAP Opioid Learning Action Network, hospitals continue to work collaboratively to implement promising practices aimed at reducing overdoses and connect patients with substance use disorder to effective treatment. Over the past four months, hospitals have met to share learnings on how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their substance use disorder care delivery practices.
For more information about HAP’s Opioid LAN, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy
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