Longietti to host opioid safety awareness program June 21

Will focus on addressing opioid epidemic among seniors, people with disabilities

HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host a free safety awareness program, “Controlling the Opioid Epidemic in our Aging and Disabled Populations,” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Greenville Senior Center in Riverside Park, 45 Alan Ave., Greenville. 

The program will feature a presentation by Special Agent Alan McGill of the Office of Attorney General, followed by a question-and-answer session.

“It’s critically important to address opioid abuse among our seniors and individuals with disabilities who are among the less-recognized victims of this epidemic,” Longietti said. “The numbers show that even as opioid abuse decreased in younger groups from 2002 to 2014, it nearly doubled among those over 50.

“The statistics also show that in 2016, one in three patients with a Medicare prescription drug plan received an opioid prescription. But the same Medicare programs that pay for these prescriptions often don’t provide coverage for drug addiction treatment. It’s my hope that this event will offer help and hope for seniors and their family members who are seeking answers.”

Longietti said those interested in attending are encouraged to R.S.V.P. by contacting Carmella Ansinger at cansinger@pahouse.net or by calling 724-588-1005. 

Registration will be held before the event, at 12:30 p.m.  

Light refreshments will be served.