2019-04-04 National Governors Association

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to Address Opioid Summit for New Gubernatorial Administrations

NGA Session to Highlight Successes and Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania to Inform Other States’ Opioid Response

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will discuss his state’s nationally recognized efforts in addressing the opioid crisis at the National Governors Association’s Opioid Summit for New Administrations.

The association representing the 55 governors of states and territories has been working with governors to combat the opioid crisis since 2012. Opioid overdoses claim the lives of more than 130 people in the United States every day, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Gov. Wolf will discuss Pennsylvania’s experiences as part of a two-day meeting that will bring together health and public safety leaders from 33 states and territories to discuss best practices and learn from other state and national experts. Pennsylvania’s response efforts were recently called a national model by the American Medical Association for its work to expand treatment and reduce overdose deaths.

The summit is designed to support states that are pursuing a coordinated and effective response to the opioid epidemic. Discussions will focus on best practices for prevention, treatment and recovery, as well as funding and governance structures to support state efforts.

National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.