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September is National Recovery Month

Virtual Recovery & Resource Town Hall

Every year, the PA Senate Democrats host open houses on recovery resources throughout the state; however, COVID-19 has made gatherings like this unsafe and we are offering a virtual townhall this year instead.

On September 21 at 6pm, we held a statewide virtual townhall where we heard from experts, advocates and survivors about the journey to recovery and the resources that are available in Pennsylvania. 

Watch the virtual townhall below.

What is Recovery Month?

Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

The theme for 2020 National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.

SAMHSA National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

2019 Recovery Tour

The PA Senate Democrats recently traveled the state to offer open houses with resources for those struggling with substance addiction. These events were also for the family, friends and neighbors of those affected, because we are all in this together. Attendees had access to drug and alcohol service providers, family counselors, safe prescription disposal bags, a Narcan demonstration and much more. Check out images and videos below!

Resources

Open House Resources Include

Access to drug and alcohol service providers

Information for family counseling

Safe prescription disposal bags

Narcan demonstrations

Online Resources

 “Get Help Now” through the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is a helpful online tool to assist with addiction treatment options.

Our Priorities, Our Work

Combating opioid abuse and addiction must continue to be a priority at the national, state, and local levels.

The PA Senate Democrats will continue to fight to :

Establish more entry points and beds for treatment

Strengthen prescription writing guidelines

Make naloxone more readily available to treat overdoses

Allow families to petition for mandatory treatment of their loved ones

Work with pharmaceutical companies to identify solution and prevention methods for addiction

Impose an assessment on the wholesale imports of opioids into Pennsylvania

Increase educational addition programs in schools