LEWISBURG – With the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania not going away, the State Attorney General’s office is looking to attack the issue with new efforts. Those efforts resumed during Friday’s Joint Legislative Breakfast held by the Central PA and Greater Susquehanna Valley chambers of commerce.
William “Bill” Kelly, Chief Special Agent in Charge of the State Attorney General’s office was the guest speaker. Kelly noted over 4,600 people died of overdoses last year, projected to top last year’s total in Pennsylvania. It’s also grown 77-percent faster than the nation.
Kelly says continuing to spread awareness still remains the No. 1 priority, Kelly says continuing to spread awareness still remains the No. 1 priority, “We’re still not there as a society as far as focusing on us putting in the time and resources and focus on it like we need to. A lot of programs deal with the addiction crisis. It’s so critical right now.”
But Kelly says the right man is about to be hired to help lead to the end of the crisis. He praised current Congressman Tom Marino (R-10th/ Cogan Station), who’s expected to be nominated to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, “I’m just so proud that Tommy’s being selected for that major job and I’m confident he’s going to provide the leadership that gets us moving in the right direction.”