- Opioid Epidemic
- Tick-Borne Diseases
- Carbon, Monroe, and Pike Mental Health Developmental Services
- Delaware River Basin
On January 10, 2018, the Governor declared the state’s opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency, ordering a command center set up to treat the crisis like it would any natural disaster.
More than 4600 fatal overdoses were recorded by PA families in 2016, which shows a one-third increase from 2015. Pennsylvania’s statewide rate of overdoses is twice the national average.
Emergency responders are now allowed to leave behind the overdose antidote Naloxone while responding to an emergency medical call and the patient declines transportation to a medical facility. Police state that during the past three years statewide, police men and women have revived people about 5,700 times using Naloxone.