A CDC report released on September 20, 2018 named Pennsylvania among the states with the highest overdose death rates between 2006 and 2016.
Make no mistake: If your state legislators claim to be fighting the opioid crisis in PA by investing in law enforcement while they accept thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Pharmaceutical interests and for-profit health insurance interests, it’s time to send them packing!
The CDC found that PA is among the top three states for drug overdoses, our suicide rates are on the rise, and we have an emerging high number of deaths among young men due to liver disease attributed to alcohol abuse.
Republican legislators like to call themselves champions of the opioid epidemic in PA for their prescription drug drop-box programs and investments in law enforcement to attack the opioid issue. What we know is that this is not a problem-solving proposition.
These same legislators vote time and again to cut education and create more roadblocks to accessing healthcare. Just this session, Becky Corbin voted in favor of Medicaid Work Requirements and for Education bills that siphon money away from our public schools.
Investment in public education and healthcare is the number one most effective and least costly way to prevent and reduce addiction, alcohol abuse, suicide, and crime. Drug and alcohol addiction disorders, depression, and suicide are issues that do not discriminate. They touch rich and poor, black and white, male and female, young and old, urban, suburban, and rural.
On November 6th, join me in voting for leaders who will help Pennsylvania get real about helping those who suffer from addiction and depression in our communities. Commit to vote!