Isaacson calls for more action to fight opioid epidemic

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is recognizing Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week following a resolution introduced by state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila.

While Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week is also nationally recognized, Isaacson said her resolution is meant to underscore the need for a solution in the Commonwealth, which suffered one of the highest rates of opioid-related deaths in the nation in 2017.

“The opioid crisis has taken a physical and emotional toll on millions of Pennsylvanians, and it impacts people across races, genders, incomes and religions,” Isaacson said. “It is time for us lawmakers and elected officials to recommit ourselves to finding a solution to this problem so we can all continue the long process of healing together.” 

Isaacson also expressed support for the opioid disaster declaration signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June. The declaration, which loosens regulations that slow down access to treatment, includes planned naloxone distribution days to get free kits into the hands of Pennsylvanians. Two upcoming distribution days are slated for Sept. 18 and 25.