(Sep 28, 2016)
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly on Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic:
"We are in the grip of an escalating crisis in Pennsylvania. Last year, nearly 3,400 drug-related overdose deaths were reported in the Commonwealth—an increase of nearly 25 percent from just the previous year. Heroin and opioid addiction and overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents.