LUZERNE — Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Kingston, is proposing a package of ten bills to deal with opioid addiction in the state.
Kaufer announced the proposal at a press conference Wednesday outside his Luzerne office.
Overdose deaths in the state add up to the equivalent of a plane full of people each month.
“If there were a plane crashing down in Pennsylvania every month, there would be a public outcry. Today, I’m making that same outcry,” Kaufer said.
He called on Gov. Tom Wolf to hold a special session of the legislature focusing on opioid abuse.
Stacy Henehan, 44, of Scranton visited the conference to listen and gather information. Her daughter, 23-year-old Samantha Henehan, died in April from a heroin overdose. Her parents published an obituary in The Times-Tribune newspaper addressing their daughter’s death and addiction.
More work is needed to deal with opioids , Henehan said.
“It is well overdue,” she said.
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