Opioid Addiction/Recovery Resources
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The opioid epidemic is ravaging America, and sadly Pennsylvania is no exception. In 2017, Pennsylvania experienced 5,456 drug-related overdose deaths. That’s almost 15 a day, and more than 43 per 100,000 Pennsylvanians – twice the national average. It has impacted, in some way, nearly every Pennsylvania family.
Nationwide, nearly 50,000 Americans died from overdoses, and the risk from synthetic opioids like fentanyl is growing exponentially. It’s clear our local communities are unable to cope with this epidemic alone.
Congress has already taken action to address this public health crisis. H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, passed in October 2018, authorizes and extends a host of new programs related to the drug crisis. Learn more about the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act here. Overall, some $10 billion in new funding to combat addiction has been approved over the last two fiscal years.
Recently, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue combating the opioid crisis. More than $55 million was awarded to Pennsylvania. This funding will expand access to treatment and significantly improve data collection on drug overdoses to help us better understand the opioid epidemic and how to best assist individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Efforts to expand treatment are working. Data shows that of the 2 million Americans struggling with Substance Use Disorder, over 60% are now receiving medication-assisted treatment. HHS also reported a 5% reduction in drug overdose deaths from 2017 to 2018, as well as a significant reduction in heroin-related opioid use disorder.
But there is more work to be done. Congressman Meuser is focused on ensuring that those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in the Ninth District have the tools and resources they need to address the crisis. He’ll be working to help Ninth District counties and communities access the funding made available by Congress. It’s been one of his top priorities since Day One of the 116th Congress.
Below, find some additional federal, state, and local resources related to the opioid crisis.
NOTE: If someone has taken drugs and becomes unresponsive, call 911 immediately.
Federal Grant Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FY19 Grant Announcements and Awards: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements-2019
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Opioids: https://www.hrsa.gov/opioids
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Grants: https://www.cdc.gov/grants/
- Grants.gov Program Management Office: https://www.grants.gov/
- Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs “Get Help Now” Site
- 24 Hour Emergency Help Line: 1-800-662-HELP
Resources by County
108 South Claude A. Lord Boulevard 2nd Floor
Pottsville, PA 17901
Contact: Melissa Chewey
601 Penn Street
Reading, PA 19601
If you need immediate help call the Reading Hospital 24-Hour Addiction Hotline at (484) 628-8186 or Treatment Access and Services Center (TASC) at (610) 375-4426.
428 South 7th Street, Suite 1
Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-5177
PA Treatment and Healing (PATH)
335 N. Fourth Street, 2nd Floor
Lehighton, PA. 18235
PO Box 219
Danville, PA 17821
Phone: (570) 275-5422
220 East Lehman Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
Crisis Intervention (717) 274-3363
217 N Center Street
Sunbury Pa 17801
111 N Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-3505
After business hours, Treatment Services can be accessed by contacting our Help Line at 570-829-1341.
- Penn State’s Evidence-Based Prevention & Intervention Support Center
- Department of Health and Human Services’ Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit
- Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Opioid Resources Page
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Resource Center