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April 29, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Wolf Administration Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and Collaborative Projects Through the Opioid Disaster Declaration

Wolf Administration officials outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declaration's creation of the Opioid Command Center.

"As we continue to evaluate 2020 overdose trends, we are seeing a significant uptick in fatal overdoses," Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. "We know that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges for people with the disease of addiction. Because of the disaster declaration in place, the entire Opioid Command Center, including the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, is able to offer a variety of support to people in need."

While the 2020 counts are expected to increase further since finalized death records for overdose deaths are often delayed into the following year, there have been 4,880 drug overdose deaths reported thus far. This preliminary data, as of March 2021, indicates there were at least 422 more deaths in 2020 than in 2019. Since the overdose epidemic began, the most overdose deaths in Pennsylvania during a single year was 5,396 in 2017.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith speaking to the press.  Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maureen Weigl, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael (Ray) Barishansky speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs speaking to the press. Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maureen Weigl, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith speaking to the press.  Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs speaking to the press. Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael (Ray) Barishansky speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maureen Weigl, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael (Ray) Barishansky speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maureen Weigl, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs speaking to the press. Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael (Ray) Barishansky speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs speaking to the press. Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith speaking to the press.  Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael (Ray) Barishansky speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_018.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith speaking to the press.  Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_019.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary, Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael (Ray) Barishansky speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18720_ddap_opioidDeclaration_dz_020.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maureen Weigl, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs speaking to the press.Wolf Administration officials today outlined the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlighted projects and collaborations made possible through the opioid disaster declarations creation of the Opioid Command Center. Harrisburg, PA  April 28, 2021