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Pennsylvania AG, medical leaders cover opioids on ‘Harrisburg House Call’ debut on PCN

(Harrisburg, Pa. – 12/5/17) A new, 30-minute television show scheduled to debut on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will take on one of the Commonwealth's most pressing topics in its inaugural episode – opioids – while featuring Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and medical leaders from the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).

'Harrisburg House Call' will run via PCN on Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Host Bob Oltmanns opens the show with a one-on-one conversation with John Gallagher, MD, chair of PAMED's Board of Trustees and chair of the organization's Opioid Task Force. During this segment, Dr. Gallagher covers the state of opioid use and misuse in Pennsylvania.

Shortly later, AG Shapiro and Theodore Christopher, MD, president of PAMED, join Oltmanns for a round-table discussion while taking a close look at activities Pennsylvania's top law man has undertaken to combat illegal activities and to keep citizens safe.

"The topic is timely, and viewers will hear first-hand what law enforcement and medical teams are doing to help Pennsylvania turn the tide against this opioid crisis," says Dr. Christopher.  "While this is a national issue, Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit as statistics indicate, and the show's discussion will open many eyes on how serious this situation is."

After the show is broadcast on PCN, 'Harrisburg House Call' will be available to viewers online at and The show is produced and funded by PAMED.

"Pennsylvanians are tired of burying friends and loved ones to this horrible crisis," says Dr. Gallagher. "This has gotten to a point in which it's almost impossible not to know a family that's been impacted."

According to Dr. Gallagher, many projects are underway that will be covered during the show including AG Shapiro's disposal pouch program and the state's prescription drug monitoring program.

"It's good to see Pennsylvania taking many initiatives to deal with this very complex crisis," Dr. Gallagher says, "PAMED has a long history of supporting worthy projects and activities to tackle prescription drug misuse including opioid prescribing guidelines, prescription take-back events, and the prescription drug monitoring program. Now, we're proud to sponsor 'Harrisburg House Call' to further help address this crisis so that another Pennsylvania family doesn't have to lose a loved one."

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To learn more about the Pennsylvania Medical Society, visit its web site at or follow the organization via Twitter @PAMEDSociety.  Members of the media are encouraged to follow Chuck Moran, Director, Media Relations, via Twitter @ChuckMoran7.



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