Senator Tom Killion (R – Chester and Delaware) and Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland held a public forum in Marcus Hook last evening to discuss strategies to fight the drug epidemic plaguing many communities. Several dozen local residents were in attendance.
“Pennsylvania has one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the nation,” noted Killion. “While statistics show that major progress is being made to curb the epidemic, an average of 15 Pennsylvanians still die each day from opioid overdoses.
“We want to make sure those who are personally or have a family member suffering from drug addiction understand there a number of resources available to get help. It is important community leaders have the tools necessary to fight the drug epidemic in their neighborhoods.”
District Attorney Copeland expressed her commitment to combatting the drug and opioid crisis.
“Delaware County has been a leader in innovative approaches to addressing the plague of opioid abuse,” said Copeland. “From establishing drug treatment courts more than 20 years ago to equipping police and other first responders with naloxone, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to save lives and protect communities from the devastation of this epidemic.”
Copeland and staff offered training on the administration of naloxone and single doses of the medication which reverses opioid use by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within minutes.
A number of drug recovery professionals also participated in the forum.
“Drug abuse and addiction is a community problem and it needs a community solution,” said Brian Corson, Founder & Executive Director of MVP Recovery. “Those in recovery need help in obtaining the skills necessary to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Support and resources in the community are essential in assisting these individuals to reach their full potential.”
“My legislative colleagues and I can make sure our laws address the challenges of the opioid and drug epidemic,” said Killion. “But it takes policymakers, law enforcement, community leaders and families working together to make our communities healthy and drug-free.”