A Commonwealth Crisis

“Let’s Talk”

Tune in on MAY 2, 2018 at 9:00am as Senator Gene Yaw announces the winners of the “Talk to Your State Senator” statewide video contest! The announcement will also be available for streaming via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ACommonwealthCrisis. Good luck to all of our semi-finalists and “see” you here on May 2 at 9:00am.

The Senate of Pennsylvania would like to thank all the judges involved in the “Talk To Your State Senator” Statewide Video Contest.  It’s a tough job, but they are working hard to select the winning videos.  Our judging panel consists of notable individuals from across the state, individuals who are highly recognized in the field of Substance Abuse and Addiction.  

Dr. Rachel Levine
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health

Jennifer S. Smith
Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Barry L. Denk             
Director, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania

Michele Denk 
Executive Director, PA Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators

Dr. Nancy Falvo          
Associate Professor of Nursing, Clarion University   

Tim Phillips, CAC        
Executive Director, Westmoreland Drug Overdose Taskforce

Ronna Yablonski         
Executive Director, Cambria County Drug Coalition

If you have questions regarding the contest, please contact the Senate Caucus Services office by calling 717-772-0500. 

Pennsylvania’s Sobering Statistics:

  • 4,642 – the number of Overdose Deaths in PA during 2016 (DEA). Opioids caused 85% of those deaths.
  • In PA, more adults age 20 to 44 are dying from drug overdoses than motor vehicle accidents.
  • White males make up 74% of the reported overdose deaths.
  • 80% of heroin abusers reported abusing prescription opioids before abusing heroin.