HARRISBURG, Pa., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Health Karen Murphy today convened the third meeting of the ABC-MAP Board, created under Act 191 of 2014. The goal of this board is to develop policies and procedures to expand the state's prescription drug monitoring program.
"Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse are an epidemic in Pennsylvania, and it is the Wolf Administration's goal to curb this rampant problem," said Murphy. "The ABC-MAP program will help Pennsylvania become a leader in enhanced drug monitoring, which will save lives across the commonwealth."
The board reviewed potential candidates for the ABC-MAP advisory committee, which will provide the board guidance on best practices and strategies to address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.
In addition, the board heard a presentation - "Today's Heroin Epidemic: More People at Risk, Multiple Drugs Abused" - by Ashley Parsons, MPH, a health innovation analyst for the Department of Health. The presentation gave an overview of many of the current issues that enable opioid abuse and addiction.
The board's members are:
- Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy
- Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine
- Secretary of the Department of Human Services Ted Dallas
- Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis
- Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller
- Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne
- Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown
- Attorney General Kathleen Kane
- Secretary of State Pedro Cortes
The board will reconvene in August. For more information, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.
Media contact: Amy Worden, DOH, 717-787-1783
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health