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Game Changer: Pennsylvania’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

May 15, 2019

The opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis we currently face, with an average of 130 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder that combines FDA-approved medication with counseling and behavioral health therapy but is often associated with stigma therefore limiting access and availability. In this episode, we explore Pennsylvania’s multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic in the state and efforts to expand access to MAT. Dr. Rachel Levine, current Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania, has made opioid use a key focus of her work and will discuss how state health leadership is critical to advancing policy. Steve Seitchik, MAT Coordinator for the PA Department of Corrections, will provide a unique perspective on the importance of MAT access and provision for incarcerated populations.


  • Rachel Levine, MD; Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Steven Seitchik, MA; MAT Statewide Coordinator, PA Department of Corrections


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