While the media has focused on the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation, opioid use continues. Some people call addiction a silent epidemic alongside the coronavirus, as Pennsylvania public health officials say that it’s time to leave the stigma behind.
Opioid addiction is a disease, and there is treatment available. But many people find it difficult to reach out and let loved ones know they are struggling.
Governor Wolf’s Message on Opioid Addiction
In a press conference last night, Governor Wolf and Department of Health representatives asked the public to end the stigma surrounding addiction. Help is available, he wants everyone to know, but reaching out for help is difficult when people are ashamed.
Some counties in Pennsylvania have seen an increase in overdose fatalities that are twice as high as 2019. Anecdotally, increased overdose deaths, and hospitalizations are a …