opioid epidemic

Wagner Welcomes Governor Wolf’s Opioid Disaster Declaration

Urges the Governor to Attend York Regional Opiate Collaborative Meeting

2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today released the following statement on Governor Wolf’s executive order declaring the opioid epidemic a statewide disaster:

“Today I welcome Governor Wolf’s decision to finally get serious about the opioid epidemic that has plagued the Commonwealth for far too long. As a founding member of The York County Heroin Task Force (now known as the York Regional Opiate Collaborative) in 2014, I’ve seen firsthand the complexity of this crisis and have been involved in developing innovative ways to combat it.”

“Since the Task Force was formed, we’ve held dozens of town hall meetings throughout York County to inform the public, hear survival stories and gain new perspectives. Despite the organization’s proven success, Governor Wolf has failed to attend any of these meetings.”

“If today’s executive order is a legitimate signal that Governor Wolf is actually interested in dealing with one of our Commonwealth’s biggest problems, I encourage him to come to one of our meetings so we can share with him our methods and work together to tackle this public health emergency.”

BACKGROUND: 

“Wagner knew something was wrong before the plague was national news, and started the York County Heroin Task Force in July 2014. Since then, it’s held over 100 town-hall meetings, and Wagner has worked with the district attorney’s office and chided school superintendents who were lax on the issue. He’s seen addiction and death shatter families hoping to be part of the state’s renewal. “We need better drug education,” he says. “We need to be telling our kids from kindergarten to twelfth grade, Drugs are bad, needles are bad, drug dealers are bad.” (National Review, 10/10/17)

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