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wolf turns to disaster emergency to deal with opioid crisis

harrisburg, pa. (ap) — pennsylvania’s governor was preparing to issue a declaration of disaster emergency wednesday, hoping its additional tools will help the state respond to the expanding opioid addiction crisis.the order being issued by democratic gov. tom wolf will up a command center at the state’s emergency management headquarters in harrisburg and provide wider access to the prescription drug monitoring program, among other steps.disaster emergency declarations are normally issued after severe weather emergencies. a wolf aide said seven other states have taken similar actions to address the opioid problem.the proclamation will also let emergency responders leave the overdose antidote naloxone behind when responding to a call for help, and make it easier for medical professionals to get people into treatment more quickly.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.pennsylvania suffered more than 4,600 fatal overdoses in 2016, an increase of more than one-third from the prior year.the state’s rate of drug overdoses is more than twice the national average.wolf’s move comes as he faces criticism from one of the republican candidates vying for the nomination to challenge his re-election bid in november that the state hasn’t provided the leadership, resources or attention that the crisis deserves.the administration issued a fact sheet wednesday outlining state efforts, including revamping the drug monitoring program, making naloxone available to all...