Audits will evaluate state’s opioid-related drug treatment programs

Eugene DePasquale discusses Harrisburg's pension fund success at a press conference in February.
Eugene DePasquale discusses Harrisburg's pension fund success at a press conference in February.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the start of three audits of Pennsylvania’s opioid-related drug treatment programs.

DePasquale announced the audits Friday while noting the state has one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the country, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Opioid addiction rips apart families, spurs increases in crime in our neighborhoods, and is tremendously costly in the workplace,” DePasquale said in a release. “Effective treatment is one solution to the opioid epidemic, so we must make sure that the tax dollars we spend to end this horrible scourge are directed to treatment programs with positive results.”

The audits will be conducted by the state departments of corrections, human services and drug and alcohol programs to monitor and measure how effective opioid-related treatments are.

DePasquale calls a united effort to combat opioid addiction “imperative” and says the issue “rips apart families, spurs increases in crime in our neighborhoods, and is tremendously costly in the workplace.”

The announcement of these audits comes as Gov. Tom Wolf calls on lawmakers to consider a host of bills related to fighting the state’s heroin and opioid crisis before the election in November.

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