Philadelphia, PA – Republican City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe released a detailed plan for action to combat Philadelphia’s opiate epidemic. Wolfe stated “The number of lives ruined by opiates in Philadelphia over the past few years is truly unbelievable. This is the greatest health crisis of my lifetime, and when elected to City Council I will take immediate action to solve this epidemic.” The opiate crisis is a national issue although Philadelphia has one of the most pervasive and persistent problems. It manifests itself not just in the physical health of those affected and the heartbreak of those close to them, but also in economic, educational and quality of life issues that impact us all. “I don’t know anyone who has not either been personally touched by this or had someone close to them who has,” said Wolfe.
In summary, Wolfe’s plan would:
- Revamp drug education for students, communities and first responders
- Increase enforcement efforts against bad actors such as illegal “pill mills”
- Secure Philadelphia’s Port from drug smuggling
- Ensure people who legitimately need pain medication can access them easily
- Hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable
- Combat recidivism through criminal justice reform
- Seek more funding from state and federal governments
Wolfe, however, is strongly against the implementation of “safe” injection sites. “Supporters of safe injection sites believe that they will unquestionably help the opiate problem. But that is simply not true. It makes no sense whatsoever to give heroin addicts a place to inject poison into their veins. They will never have an opportunity to stop if enabled. They need treatment and rehabilitation,” said Wolfe. “Safe” injection sites not only negatively impact the individuals and their families, but the surrounding communities. “You don’t see City Hall proposing them for Mayor Kenney of District Attorney Krasner’s blocks, do you?” said Wolfe. “Thank God that U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain is fighting these dangerous facilities.”
Wolfe’s proposal can be found at Matt Wolfe Opiate Policy
About Matt Wolfe: Matt Wolfe, a Philadelphia attorney, is a former Deputy Attorney General and was appointed by former Republican DA Ron Castille as a Special Assistant DA. He served in Governor Tom Ridge’s administration helping to grow Pennsylvania’s economy and attract new jobs. Matt is a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Penn, and Villanova Law School.