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Providers: Statewide emergency declaration can help improve services for those struggling with addiction

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting additional federal funds to combat the state’s ongoing opioid abuse emergency, noting that it has taken the lives of more than 4,600 Pennsylvanians in the past year.

According to a report released by the DEA last year, between 2015 and 2016, the number of overdose deaths in the state of Pennsylvania rose by of 37 percent.

The DEA said that equated roughly to 13 Pennsylvanians dying of a drug-related overdose each day of 2016.

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