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Pennsylvania has secured a federal grant to help in the fight against drug overdose deaths. More than $26 million will be used for treatment programs. The state says it will use the money to provide treatment to 6,000 uninsured or underinsured people. It plans to set up 8 treatment hubs with physicians and other medical professionals, along with people who can provide help in the community. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users next Monday will roll out a controversial plan in the battle against the heroin epidemic.


A state House panel has approved a proposal to provide some help to those trying to stop drug overdose deaths. But some are also concerned the measure creates other problems. Sponsored by Republican Representative Matt Baker of Tioga County, the bill would allow medical experts to force someone who has overdosed to stay in treatment for up to 72 hours

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(Elizabethville, Dauphin County) -- For people trying to recover from addiction to opioids like heroin, living in a rural area can add more stress. The concerns at a town hall in the rural northern Dauphin County community of Elizabethville came from two directions. 

Schumer Supports Bill That Combats Opioid Abuse

Apr 12, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Rochester Tuesday to announce his support for a bill that would boost federal resources in the fight against opioid use. 

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Getting access to treatment for addiction can be hard. The advocacy group Truth PHARM recently surveyed people in the region who’ve dealt with opioid addiction and then struggled to find help. 

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Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-led Legislature have worked to deal with the opioid crisis in the past year. Now, a legislator is proposing a set of bills once again. Republican Representative Aaron Kaufer of Luzerne County is re-introducing legislation to help in the fight to save lives from opioid overdoses

PA's Top Anti-Drug Official Fired

Jan 25, 2017

(Harrisburg) -- The state's top anti-drug official is out. Governor Tom Wolf has dismissed the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Gary Tennis. The move came just hours after the Reading Eagle reported emails show Tennis pushed a job applicant to meet with a lobbyist to get a stamp of approval

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(Harrisburg) -- As Pennsylvania grapples with the opioid crisis, the battle could get be getting even tougher. If the federal Affordable Care Act is repealed, tens of thousands of people may not have access to drug and alcohol treatment.

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Broome County Executive Jason Garnar today officially called the area’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency.”