Senator Pat Toomey hosts roundtable discussion to learn more about the local impact of the opioid epidemic

Written by on June 7, 2021

Senator Pat Toomey hosts roundtable discussion to learn more about the local impact of the opioid epidemic

By Genesis Ortega

June 7, 2021

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., asks a question of Janet L. Yellen, Presidential nominee for Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, at a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee examining her nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senator Pat Toomey held a recent roundtable discussion with Lehigh Valley health officials and local parents who have lost children to opioid addiction. 

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One issue local health officials brought up was the importance of focusing on mental health problems that can lead to addiction. 

Gillian Beauchamp is a toxicologist and addiction physician for Lehigh Valley Health Network. 

“Unless we address the underlying conditions that are leading people: the trauma, the stress, all of which was exacerbated by the pandemic.”

Toomey says this feedback will influence how he addresses the opioid crisis at the federal level. 

“The big takeaway for me is to think more in terms of the underlying addiction and the mental health problems at least as much as we think about trying to interrupt [the] supply [of opioids].”

According to the Lehigh County District Attorney, in 2020 there were 184 overdose deaths, a nine percent increase from the year before.

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