Shapiro admin temporarily lists Xylazine as a controlled substance | Five for the Weekend
In 2017, xylazine contributed to 90 overdose deaths, but in 2021, it contributed to 575 overdose deaths across 30 counties – an increase of over 600% in just 5 years, according to the department.
‘Nothing out of the ordinary’ Schmidt says of Pa. primary election
“You will never see a headline that reads an election went smoothly, but that’s what happened today in Pennsylvania,” Schmidt said from the Capitol Media Center.
Ag. Sec Russell Redding confirmed by state Senate
Redding, whose nomination moved through the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Tuesday with a “favorable nomination,” previously led the state Department of Agriculture under the Wolf and Rendell administrations.
Ag Sec. Russell Redding’s nomination approved by state Senate committee
Under his eight-year tenure with the Wolf administration, Redding led efforts to create the first-ever state Farm Bill, bolster Pennsylvania’s agricultural workforce, support the mental health of farmers and agricultural producers, incorporate sustainable practices at farms across the commonwealth, make Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement self-sustaining, and to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 1M doses of Naloxone distributed through state program | Five for the Weekend
Since 2017, 656,568 kits (1,313,136 doses) of Narcan, a naloxone nasal spray, have been purchased and distributed statewide.
Shapiro aims to improve state websites, digital services with new order | Wednesday Morning Coffee
The order, which was announced by Shapiro at a press conference in Harrisburg, establishes the Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience (CODE PA), to lead efforts to "improve, streamline, and continuously adapt the Commonwealth’s digital services so that interactions between users and Commonwealth entities are simple, seamless, and secure," according to the order.
DEP to host environmental justice town halls
Environmental justice communities are disproportionately affected by factors such as poor air quality, old housing and infrastructure, and limited transportation.
Pa. Lt. Gov. Davis joins multi-state abortion alliance
“Every Pennsylvanian should have the right to bodily autonomy and the freedom to make their own personal decision about whether or not to have a child,” Davis said in a statement on Monday. “Right now abortion care is safe and accessible in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Gov. Josh Shapiro and I will always protect reproductive freedom.”
Shapiro admin encourages Pennsylvanians affected by SNAP changes to seek help if they need it
The expiration of the expanded federal benefit affects approximately 1.9 million people across the commonwealth, according to the Department of Human Services, which administers SNAP allocations in Pennsylvania.