In too many areas of our state, the disease of addiction has devastating impacts that reverberate across community health, public safety and quality of life in Pennsylvania neighborhoods. Everyday, opioid drug abuse destroys lives and families, and heroin and prescription drug trade wreaks havoc on communities.
Unfortunately, another heartbreaking reality for the loved ones of those battling addiction is the prospect of a fatal overdose. Our current system of drug treatment and rehabilitation too often prioritizes penalization over intervention and treatment.
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