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Op-Ed: White House must formally declare the opioid crisis a national emergency

A little over a month ago, President Trump announced his intention to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. He was right—it is an emergency. Drug overdoses killed almost 54,000 people in 2015, and the majority of those deaths involved an opioid. Last year about 12 million Americans misused an opioid, and the overdose death toll rose to 65,000. The opioid crisis is cutting deep scars in our communities, and in some states, is taking more of our loved ones than car accidents, suicides and firearms combined.

Bipartisan task force examining federal requirements for prescription drug monitoring

Drug dealers and addicts don't necessarily respect state borders when trying to obtain opioids and other narcotics illicitly from physicians and pharmacies.

If a doctor in New Jersey refuses to prescribe drugs to a patient suspected of so-called "doctor shopping" to obtain prescription drugs, the patient can travel to New York, Delaware or Pennsylvania to try his luck with a doctor there.

OP-ED: Working together to defeat the opioid epidemic

As partisan battles rage in Washington at the onset of the new administration, a struggle in our own communities quietly, and lethally, continues. You might not see it on CNN or in your Twitter feed, but I am reminded every time I drive past the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad in my hometown, where a grim tally shows the number of drug-related overdoses and deaths just in that community.

Fitzpatrick, Tsongas Anti-Fentanyl Bill Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) aimed at combating the opioid epidemic passed the Homeland Security Committee Thursday setting the table for consideration on the House floor. The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act [H.R. 2142] provides U.S.

Pennsbury forms task force to explore ways to better fight drug abuse

The Pennsbury School District has formed an opioid and mental health task force to explore ways the district can better fight the abuse of opioids and other drugs.

School district officials announced the group's formation during a press conference Wednesday night in front of Pennsbury's administrative offices in Falls. Forming the task force was spurred by an appearance by several members of the family of Luke Johnson at a June 8 school board meeting.