Innamorato to hold policy hearing on ending overdose deaths

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on ending opioid overdose deaths using harm reduction as drug policy across Pennsylvania.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Teamsters Temple Banquet Hall, 4701 Butler St., in Pittsburgh. Media coverage is invited.

Innamorato requested the hearing to discuss how Pennsylvania can end the opioid/overdose crisis by implementing evidence-based harm reduction strategies. She will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. 


The current agenda is:

     2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks

      2:10 p.m. Panel One:

  • Mary Hawk, DrPH, LSW, associate professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Public Health.
  • Stuart Fisk, CRNP, director of Center for Inclusion Health, Allegheny Health Network.   


      2:30 p.m. Panel Two:

  • Chief Tim Komoroski, chief of police, Millvale Police Department.
  • Simon Taxel, crew chief/rescue tech/public safety driver, Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS.


2:50 p.m. Panel Three:

  • JoEllen Marsh, law enforcement assisted diversion program lead, CONNECT Pittsburgh.
  • Michael Krafick, certified recovery specialist supervisor, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Task Force.
  • Laura Drogowski, critical communities initiatives manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto.


      3:20 p.m. Panel Four:

  • Devin Reaves, executive director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition.
  • Aaron Arnold, executive director, Prevention Point Pittsburgh.

      3:50 p.m. Closing remarks    

This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at and hearing materials are at