Television Program Features Discussion of Opioid Crisis, Brewster’s Legislation

Harrisburg – June 19, 2017 – The “Pennsylvania Report” featuring state Sen. Jim Brewster is focused on the state’s opioid and heroin crisis and Brewster’s legislation to effectively deal with the epidemic.

“We need to find new ways to address the opioid crisis” Brewster said.  “My approach is comprehensive in scope and depth and will tackle the problem on multiple levels.”


The senator’s legislation (Senate Bills 710, 711 and 712) includes mandatory treatment for addicts, a limitation on the total milligrams of opioids that may be prescribed per patient and new, tough sentences for drug dealers who possess illegal weapons. 

Jason Snyder, special assistant to the Pennsylvania secretary of the Department of Human Services, was a guest on the program and offered his expertise about the opioid crisis and detailed how policymakers have responded with new laws and legislative initiatives.  He also commented on the ways the epidemic can be dealt with in the future and how family members can seek help for a loved one who is addicted.  

The “Pennsylvania Report” can be viewed by going to Brewster’s website or it will be available on Greensburg, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Suburban and Tarentum cable outlets Sunday evenings on channel 190 at 8 p.m. beginning on June 25.