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Kauffman Joins the Call for Special Session on State’s Opioid Epidemic
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) issued the following statement after taking part in a bipartisan press conference with his colleagues in the House of Representatives announcing the passage of five bills aimed at addressing the growing opioid epidemic and encouraging Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special session on the issue. A special session would allow for the focus of further legislative measures designed to prevent addiction, curb the use and prescription of pain killers, get more illegal drugs off the streets and provide treatment options for those who have become addicted.

“Today, my colleagues and I announced the completion of action by the House on the package of bills recommended by the House Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation. While this was good news to announce, we all know that there is still a lot more that needs to be done to attack this growing problem.

“Here in Franklin County, we are not immune to the impact of prescription pain drug addiction, which often leads to addiction of heroin and other illegal drugs. Drug addiction is claiming more and more lives every day, and we need to be proactive if we are to successfully fight this scourge. We also need to do a better job of recognizing those who are becoming or are addicted and provide treatment options for them.

“This is an issue I am committed to working on with my legislative colleagues and look forward to further progress on opioid addiction in the coming months. Working together at the state and local levels, along with community leaders, law enforcement, school districts, the medical community and families we can win this battle and save lives.”

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman

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