We deserve better. We can do better.
“Pennsylvania lost 5,172 lives to overdoses in the last year alone, which is 14 Pennsylvanians a day,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a press release. As a result of a recent class action lawsuit against major drug companies, Pike County will receive a share of a $26 billion global settlement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors.
Shapiro stated that, “This settlement is going to provide resources to jumpstart programs that will change lives and impact families across our Commonwealth who are struggling to find treatment and help for those suffering with substance abuse.”
There is an extensive list of ways in which the funds can be utilized to address the devastation experienced by families our community. Click here to view the list. It is up to local governments to form and implement an action plan that best addresses the specific needs of community members.
I would support leadership and engage with experts in planning, coordination, facilitations, training and technical assistance to abate the opioid epidemic through activities, programs, or strategies.