Investments will expand access to medications in hospitals and prisons, increase availability of naloxone in communities and train sheriffs on harm reduction strategies.
(Pennsylvania, USA) – Today, Vital Strategies announced the first projects in a $10 million dollar commitment to Pennsylvania to strengthen the state’s ability to respond to the crisis of overdose deaths. Nationally, overdose has become the leading killer of adults between the ages of 18 and 50, taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017. Pennsylvania is among the top five states with the highest number of fatal overdoses in the country. This effort is a part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million investment to address the national opioid crisis.
“Pennsylvania is committed to fighting this epidemic from all sides with a clear understanding that reduced overdose deaths means more people into recovery,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “Our hospitals, law enforcement and every community are playing a role, and, working together, we can help people to engage with evidence-based services and support, to stabilize and lead fruitful and healthy lives.”