How Pennsylvania responded to rising drug deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses with stagnant funds

As overdoses swelled, state lawmakers created Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, elevating it from a humble bureau, and then made it the department with the smallest operations budget in the commonwealth, according to state financial documents.

They also failed to fully restore funding to local drug treatment, which has been cut in several recent budgets. That means fewer resources amid a worsening crisis and shortages of detox beds and slots for long-term drug treatment.

Should police stop deadly overdoses? Enthusiasm varies.

VIDEO Pittsburgh police will soon carry a potent, yet simple nasal spray that can bring a person suffering an opioid overdose back from the brink of death and without a high.

Yet other police in the state and region have been hesitant, either saying they don’t need the antidote, or that training and the creation of new policies has slowed the process by months.

If there’s one benefit from the opioid crisis, it’s this

One out of every 11 organ donors is a person who has died from a drug overdose.

This statistic is according to new government data reported by The Washington Post.

The trend is a combination of rising drug-related deaths and efforts by advocates to spread the message of organ donation to more communities, even marginalized ones, according to the article.