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Democratic Challenger Promises to Do What Opponent Has Not Done
Mike Rossi, the democratic candidate for the 15th legislative district, said combatting the opioid epidemic that has plagued the commonwealth, especially the 15th district which encompasses Beaver and Washington Counties, will be a top priority when he is elected state representative.
In 2014, 27 people died from drug overdoses in Beaver County. Four of the deaths were caused strictly by heroin, and 23 were caused by combined drug overdoses.
There were 37 deaths in Beaver County in 2015 due to overdoses, and of those 37, over half were directly related to heroin. In Washington County in 2015, there were 73 drug-related deaths. Of the 73, 38 were due to heroin.
Just recently, in a weeks span this August, 26 overdoses occurred in Beaver County. Of those 26, three were fatal.
Rossi stated, “Jim Christiana has shown absolutely no interest in the lives of many troubled individuals. As a result, dozens of human lives are being destroyed. He has proposed nothing in the way of funding to educate and rehabilitate those suffering from addiction. This epidemic is not common to the poor or uneducated. It is now a problem for all walks of life including the rich and educated.”
“We’re facing an all-out epidemic,” Rossi added. “Too many lives are being shattered by this devastating drug, combined with substances like fentanyl and tranquilizers. My opponent, Jim Christiana, has done nothing to help raise awareness about this issue. We need to be proactive instead of reactive. Christiana has showed no remorse, no response, and a total dereliction of duty as state representative to help these people who are being hurt the most. When I’m elected as your next state representative, I pledge to uphold this promise to secure funding, to increase prevention in our schools, and to make sure we are doing our best to eliminate this toxic drug from our communities.”
This year, Governor Wolf secured critical funding in the budget to establish new treatment centers and improve treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with substance abuse disorder. In 2015, more than 3,300 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.