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Events Highlight Success Stories in Battle Against Opioid Addiction
The heroin and opioid addiction crisis has left deep wounds on families across the region and in communities throughout the state. Although addiction is a painful and potentially deadly disease, some individuals have been able to escape its clutches and continue traveling on the long road to recovery. I had the pleasure of taking part in the “You Are Not Alone” addiction recovery event in Monongahela last month to pay tribute to the individuals who are struggling to beat addiction, and I look forward to participating in another event celebrating addiction recovery in Harrisburg later this month.
On September 26, I will join lawmakers, patients and advocates for the 3rd Annual Recovery Advocacy Day at the Capitol Building. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of substance abuse issues and celebrate individuals who are in long-term recovery. It is my hope that this event will encourage more people who are suffering from addiction to enter or continue treatment by removing some of the stigma attached to the disease and by showing that recovery is possible.
More information about the 3rd Annual Recovery Advocacy Day is available here.
Addressing the opioid epidemic is a priority for residents of communities throughout Pennsylvania, and lawmakers have already begun the process of addressing this crisis from all angles. New laws have been created to limit opioid prescriptions written in emergency rooms, protect Good Samaritans who seek help for overdose victims, help addicted inmates get clean, and make life-saving medications more widely available to those who need them. In addition, I have introduced a bill that would broaden treatment options that are available to give every patient the best chance to succeed, as well as legislation to hold drug dealers more accountable for the severe injuries they cause by peddling their poison.
There is no silver bullet to solve the opioid addiction epidemic, but all of these measures taken together should help us stem the tide and ultimately save lives. I will continue to work with advocates, patients, lawmakers and other stakeholders to prevent this public health crisis from claiming even more victims.
Congratulations to the 2017 Miss Rain Day, Eden Rogers, who I caught up with during the King Coal Show Parade in Carmichaels.
Animal Cruelty Law Goes Into Effect
A new law went into effect last month to help protect animals in Pennsylvania from abuse and neglect. The measure, which includes provisions of Libre’s Law, increases penalties for animal abuse, adds restrictions for tethering dogs outside and adds protections for horses.
For too long, people who abused, mistreated or neglected animals faced little more than a slap on the wrist, if they received any punishment at all. Under the new law, the worst abusers could be found guilty of a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
Additional information about the new law is available here.
It was an honor to be invited to speak at a memorial event marking the one-year anniversary of the passing of Washington County resident Tierne Ewing. Her death inspired the creation of Tierne’s Law, legislation I have sponsored to better protect victims of domestic violence.
New Cable Show Features W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop
The newest edition of my “Focus on the 46th” TV show features a behind-the-scenes tour of W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing. The shop has been in business since 1900 and has remained largely unchanged from the days when it first began serving the riverboat, railroad and mining industries.
The location was recently designated as a National Historic Landmark. Learn more about this incredible piece of local history by watching the show here.
I had the honor of presenting a Senate citation to the Piatt family and Millcraft Industries for being such an important part of the community for the last 60 years.
Senior Expos Feature Programs and Services Benefitting Older Pennsylvanians
State, local and federal government bodies offer a number of programs and services to help senior citizens with a variety of concerns, including prescription costs, property taxes, health care coverage and more. In the weeks to come, I look forward to co-hosting a pair of senior expo events in Washington and Greene counties to help connect more seniors to the benefits for which they are eligible.
The Washington County Senior Expo will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Washington Crowne Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Greene County Senior Fair is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 at the Greene County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will include a number of vendors with information regarding senior programs. I hope to see you there!
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