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Pennsylvania Governor wants additional resources to battle opioids abuse

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf toured the neonatal intensive care unit at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, which has been selected as a center of excellence.

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Magee has approximately 10,000 births a year, with roughly 600 babies showing signs of neonatal abstinence syndrome. A baby in the hospital’s NICU, the largest in the Commonwealth, can require care for up to two months.

The governor also hosted a roundtable with local leaders and hospital officials to discuss his administration’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic and how the state can continue this fight.

The 2016-2017 budget included $20.4 million for Centers of Excellence which serve as central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves.

These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.

“Ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to the mental health and substance use care that they need is a priority for my administration.

“Every day, we lose ten Pennsylvanians to the disease of opioid addiction and 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives in 2015 alone,” said Governor Wolf. “Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is doing incredible work in helping women battling substance use disorder and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

“I will continue to fight for additional resources to make sure we are doing everything we can to put people on the road to recovery.”

In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help tackle the opioid and heroin crisis.

Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, Governor Wolf made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.

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