The fight against opioid and heroin addiction

At least 10 Pennsylvanians die each day as a result of a drug overdose, with more than 3,500 overdose deaths in 2015 alone. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania. The epidemic affects every walk of life and is unprejudiced in its, poor, young, old, black, or white. 

House Democrats and Gov. Tom Wolf made a commitment to fight - with funding, support and infrastructure - the epidemic that this deadly form of addiction has become.

Thanks to funding in the state budget that House Democrats fought for, Pennsylvania's 55 Centers of Excellence serve as central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves. These centers have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.

There are a number of ways to find treatment for those suffering from the disease of addiction. If you or someone you know is suffering from a prescription drug or heroin problem, you can first call this toll-free hotline 1-800-662-HELP for information about treatment resources. Calls to the hotline, which is staffed by trained professionals and is availabe 24 hours per day, seven days a week, are completely confidential.