PA governor to open 25 additional centers to combat opiod abuse

Governor Tom Wolf is doing his part to decrease opioid abuse in Pennsylvania.

The office of the governor announced on Monday, August 30, 2016 that his administration will create 25 additional Centers of Excellence.

The centers will offer opioid addiction treatments and concentrate on underlying behavioral and/or mental health issues as well.

According to the governor’s website, “The 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in medical assistance funding, totaling $15 million.”

The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that “Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.”

Currently there are 20 centers in PA, and the Wolf administration plans to have the 25 additional facilities completed and ready for operation by January 1, 2017.


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