Pennsylvania to Receive Funding to Combat Prescription Drug Overdoses
September 11, 2015
Pennsylvania has been awarded $900,000 from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the growing opioid
epidemic in the commonwealth.
The funding, which is part of the “Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States” program, will support efforts to implement prevention strategies to
improve safe prescribing practices and turn the tide on prescription drug
Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is planning to use the funding to:
- Enhance and maximize its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by promoting registration and use, and conducting
public health surveillance from the data gathered
- Implement community and/or insurer interventions
aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and overdose
- Evaluate existing laws, policies, and regulations
designed to prevent opioid overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose
will move forward with the allocation of these federal resources once the state
budget is passed.
states were awarded funding to improve their ability to track the problem, work
with insurers to help providers make informed prescribing decisions, and take
action to combat this epidemic.
CDC plans to
provide these states annual awards between $750,000 and $1 million for four
years, subject to the availability of funds.
Addressing opioid-related misuse and prescribed medication
deaths has become an area of increasing attention at both the national level and within Pennsylvania.
is among the top ten states in the U.S. for drug overdose rates per capita. During
2013, approximately 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose.
and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania.
HAP will continue to monitor and work with other
health care stakeholders and policymakers in efforts to reduce opioid misuse
and deaths in the commonwealth, and support federal and state legislative
initiatives to curb drug abuse.