Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration

Tony Romeo
April 08, 2018 - 3:30 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has renewed his opioid disaster declaration. 

In January, Governor Wolf signed a disaster declaration, allowing him to relax regulations and enabling better collaboration among state agencies to address the opioid crisis. The declaration was set to expire this coming week, but will now continue for another 90 days. At a news conference during which he signed the renewal, the governor outlined a few of the advantages of a disaster declaration.

“For example, it allowed me to suspend the 24-hour waiting period before someone could get into medication-assisted treatment," Wolf said. "It meant that we can actually change the way we do licensing for treatment centers. Those who are doing a really good job, they don’t have to be relicensed every year.”

Rolled out at the same event was proposed legislation that would, in the future, empower state health secretaries to declare public health emergencies in Pennsylvania.