House Democratic Policy Committee gets update on PA’s opioid efforts

NEWTOWN, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Chancellor Center on state efforts to battle opioid abuse.

Warren requested the hearing to receive updates from the state and his local community on the opioid crisis. He was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, along with other committee members from across the state. 

“The opioid epidemic is reaching deeply troubling proportions. I am glad to bring the Policy Committee to my district to discuss how local and state officials can work together to make a meaningful impact on curbing the epidemic,” Warren said.

Sturla added, “The committee has hosted hearings on the opioid epidemic across the state and I thank Representative Warren for inviting us to his district. While Pennsylvania is making progress on this issue, we still have so much more to do as was evident in today’s testimony.”

The hearing featured testimony from the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs acting Secretary Jennifer Smith; Jacqui Redner, president of Pennsbury School Board; local resident Pam Garozzo; and Morrisville Borough Police Chief George McClay.

Hearing testimony, photos and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.