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‘It’s OK to not be OK,’: Wolf admin. highlights mental health, substance abuse resources for holiday season

BY: - December 22, 2021

In a virtual briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said that the holiday season can be “overwhelming and triggering” for those with substance abuse disorder. 

Crawford County substance abuse roundtable highlights pandemic treatment challenges

BY: - December 13, 2021

So far in 2021, Pennsylvania has logged 2,279 overdose deaths, according to state data.

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State officials discuss trauma, substance abuse among incarcerated women | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 3, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections reports that about 66 percent of the women in state correctional institutions (SCIs) are on the DOC mental health roster; more than 50 percent of the women have a history of substance abuse.

In Johnstown, Pa. officials look to stem tide of overdoses

BY: - November 9, 2021

The roundtable discussion held in Johnstown, is part of a listening tour conducted by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to discuss local trends in substance abuse disorder with treatment providers, recovering members of the community and local officials. 

Amid nationwide injectable Naloxone shortage, Pa. entities rely on Narcan supply

BY: - October 27, 2021

Naloxone, an injectable, intramuscular drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the rapid reversal of opioid overdoses, has been in scant supply since Pfizer, the drug’s maker, ran into manufacturing issues in 2020, causing the price of the Naloxone to soar even as demand for the drug increased during pandemic-fueled shutdowns, The Guardian reported earlier this month. 

With increase in polysubstance use, state agency will ‘expand’ focus from opioid epidemic

BY: - October 18, 2021

The new approach, announced Monday by Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith, will “expand” the agency's focus to address “the increase of polysubstance and stimulant use across the commonwealth.”

On Overdose Awareness Day, families, advocates call for Pa. to ‘recommit’ to fighting opioid epidemic

BY: - August 31, 2021

Joined by the Pennsylvania chapter of Team Sharing, a national nonprofit composed of parents who have lost children to substance use disorder, Smith called on the state government to “recommit” to managing the opioid epidemic. 

Substance abuse, alcohol consumption rises during pandemic, state officials say

BY: - May 26, 2021

While all of the 2020 data has not been released yet, state health officials said  in April that preliminary data show there were at least 422 more overdose deaths in 2020 than in 2019.