Pennsylvania renews opioid disaster declaration

Pennsylvania renews opioid disaster declaration

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently renewed the state’s opioid disaster declaration for the 13th time since January 2018.

Under the disaster declaration, the state loosened regulations to allow for the acceleration of aid and initiatives that help those who work to prevent and treat opioid use disorder as well as those who suffer from the disorder. Agencies have the flexibility to share resources and coordinate to address communities’ needs, adapt to developing needs, and increase access to treatment.

The declaration has focused on prevention, rescue, and treatment.

“Public health emergencies like this one are complex disasters that require a concerted, sustained response from the state,” Wolf said. “I am proud of the work done by the Opioid Command Center since 2016. By leveraging the diverse strengths and skillsets brought together by this group, we have been able to make great strides in saving lives and reducing negative outcomes for those suffering with a substance use disorder. The work done by the Opioid Command Center continues to change lives and communities in the commonwealth, and it is only possible because of this disaster declaration.”

The declaration was the first-of-its-kind in the state made for a public health emergency.