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The South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition, launched in May, is aimed at reducing the misuse/abuse of prescription opioids and heroin abuse. The new coalition is comprised of health systems, hospitals, medical and behavioral health providers, pharmacists, and health care professional associations and organizations. Membership in the collaborative spans across Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, as well as The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, including

The organizations stand united in a commitment to raising awareness of the opioid crisis and educating patients and health care providers about ways to prevent opioid addiction and heroin crisis in the community. The coalition is urging members of the community to lock up prescription medications and to let their doctor or pharmacist know if there are any concerns or problems with misuse of the medication. In addition, the coalition is raising awareness of non-opioid alternatives for treating chronic pain and resources available for addiction treatment.

The announcement of the coalition coincided with National Prevention Week, held May 14-20, to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

In the near future, the coalition will unveil a website, which will include resources and information for community members. For more information on the South Central Pennsylvania Opioid Awareness Coalition contact Alice Yoder at amyoder@lghealth.org or 717-544-3283.

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