(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers have taken a major step forward by approving a number of proposals to address the opioid crisis. But one didn't make it through, despite support from both Republicans, Democrats and Governor Tom Wolf.  

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The opioid and drug addiction crisis has killed about 7,000 Pennsylvanians in the past two years. For the first time since the epidemic erupted, the state Legislature has approved a package of bills to try to prevent more people from getting addicted. 

Medical Marijuana Pills Now Available In NYS

Oct 24, 2016

A new pill is on the market in New York state:  a medicinal marijuana pill. Manufacturer and distributor Columbia Care, which has a location in Rochester, says they are the first in the country to put this kind of pill on the market. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

The opioid epidemic claims more victims than those who die of an overdose. Families, friends and loved ones are left living through grief singed with shame and judgment. But there’s now somewhere they can go to get help in central New York. 

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Thousands of health care providers in Pennsylvania have been bumped from Medicaid.The Affordable Care Act required Medicaid providers to get re-approved for the program, but a combination of missed deadlines and paperwork overload pushed more than 28-thousand off the list.

Pennsylvanians who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange might get sticker shock as they shop for plans for next year. Rates will go up an average of 42 percent in the midstate. Some rate hikes are even higher - a Highmark plan will increase rates a whopping 55 percent. 

Mary Wilson

Governor Wolf is calling on the federal Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve generic prescription drugs that may help slow the opioid epidemic.


One Upstate Medical University scientist continuing to study the Zika virus is taking a socio-ecological approach to a virus that has caused major outbreaks of disease in the Americas.

Karen Shakeridge

Dennis Rodgers flips over a bright pink piece of paper and rattles off his choices:  “Attempt resuscitation or do not attempt resuscitation... to do limited intervention or to take no medical intervention… whether to intubate or not to intubate.” 

Ben Allen, WITF

On Tuesday, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the House and Senate to talk about the opioid crisis. But his speech is just the start. What's next? Three proposals seem to be generating the most controversy.