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Coming up with Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic–State Rep Eric Roe’s Report

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol

Coming up with Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic

From 2000 to 2015, over half a million people died in the United States due to a drug overdose and nearly half of all the opioid overdoses in the U.S. involved prescription pills. Shockingly, Pennsylvania has the sixth highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the entire country. Locally, the most current numbers we have in Chester County tell us that 105 people died in 2016 due to drug overdoses.

As you can see, this is a gigantic problem that requires immediate action. For months, I’ve been meeting with numerous constituents who have shared their personal stories with me, and I’ve taken their concerns back to Harrisburg. I have worked tirelessly to bring about positive change in our current laws to combat this horrific issue.

Below are some new laws passed to address the opioid epidemic:

 

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