Miller: Substance Abuse Forum hopes to forge path to recovery

MT. LEBANON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, hosted a Substance Abuse Forum today as part of his ongoing efforts to help Pennsylvanians struggling with addiction. The free event took place from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh.

Miller said there are no small successes when it comes to helping people break free of substance abuse.

“Addiction and our inability to address it in a quicker fashion is a plague for us – one that destroys lives and families and limits peoples’ hopes and dreams and realities,” Miller said. “If we can do anything that helps somebody find their way to long-term recovery – even one person – then our effort here is worth it.”

In addition to a resource fair, the forum featured remarks by state Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith. Breakout sessions featured discussions on paying for care, addiction and the brain, and adolescent screening and treatment, among other topics.