Lawmakers to Gather Testimony on PA’s Drug Epidemic in York County

WHAT: Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature are joining forces to attempt to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. 

Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Chair of the House Minority Policy Committee Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), members of the House of Representatives and state Senate are traveling the Commonwealth to gather testimony about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities. At the conclusion of the tour, the joint committee will make legislative and policy recommendations for the Legislature to consider when it reconvenes for a special session on the opioid crisis. 

The eight-stop tour will conclude this week with hearings in Williamsport, Scranton and York. The final hearing in the tour, hosted by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), will be held on Thursday at the York County School of Technology. 

WHO: Members of the House and Senate policy committees. 

Testifiers will include: Pam Gay, York County coroner; Dave Sunday, York County District Attorney’s Office; Dr. Michael Peck, Family Doctor/Hanover Hospital; Dr. Susan Peck, OBGYN/Mountain View; Dr. Eric Kochert, York Hospital emergency room; Dr. Suzette Song, OSS Health, York; Christina Martinez, Open Arms Recovery Center; Terry Clark, York County Children and Youth; James Reisinger, Byrnes Health Education Center; Joel Jakubowski, Teen Challenge; and Secretary Ted Dallas, Department of Human Services 

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

WHERE: York County School of Technology, Room 1101, 2179 S. Queen St., York. 

WATCH LIVE: Barring technical difficulties, the hearing will be live-streamed at

Media contact: Morgan Wagner, 717.260.6281,