Wolf hits road to talk about new opioid addiction funds

This undated photo provided by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office shows fentanyl pills. Authorities say they've arrested Ryan Gaston, a man in a Cleveland suburb after seizing more than 900 fentanyl pills marked liked tablets of the less-potent opiate oxycodone. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner said that lookalike pills were likely to blame for some of the county's 19 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in January 2016. (Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office via AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is hitting the road to talk about the state’s efforts to fight opioid addiction in Pennsylvania.

Wolf was attending news conferences in Harrisburg and Allentown on Monday as he discusses $20 million in new funding.

Lawmakers approved $10 million in behavioral health funds and $5 million in Medicaid funding, which allows the state to draw another $5 million in federal funds.

Wolf’s office says the first phase of the money enables the Department of Human Services to create 20 programs to treat approximately 4,500 people and connect them with therapy and job-finding assistance.

It is still determining how many additional programs the Medicaid money can fund.

The governor’s office says heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania.

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