Pennsylvania Governor Wolf is set to declare a opioid addiction crisis a statewide emergency. This will be the eight state in the United States to make such a declaration.

What this does is allow officials in Pennsylvania to to temporarily override rules or regulations that may slow down or prevent the ability to address the current epidemic.

Reached for comment late Tuesday, Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott acknowledged the governor will be making “a major announcement” involving opioids on Wednesday but declined to discuss details. – Read more.

This is a great move by Gov. Wolf. We need change the trend and save more lives. Addiction is a disease, many people who are in active addiction are also not being treated for mental illness. People need help and this declaration will open the door and remove roadblocks.