Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Fight Against Opioid Epidemic Gets National Recognition

Josh-Shapiro-ArticlePennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was chosen as one of six recipients of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) 2018 Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The AMA selected Shapiro for this honor due to his commitment to public service and for his work to rein in the opioid crisis.

“As attorney general, he regularly seeks input from health care providers and includes health-related issues among his list of priorities,” said AMA Board Chair Gerald E. Harmon, MD.

One of Attorney General Shapiro’s top priorities is aggressively fighting Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. Since taking office in January 2017, his efforts include:

  • Increasing resources for pursuing high-level drug dealers
  • Leading a multistate investigation with 41 other attorneys general into the role that opioid manufacturers and distributors played in the crisis
  • Prioritizing Pennsylvania’s drug take-back program, including creating a drug disposal pouch initiative which has distributed 300,000 safe disposal bags to pharmacies in 12 counties across the Commonwealth. Get details here.
  • Advocating for increasing access to high-quality treatment for substance use disorder by leading a coalition of 36 attorneys general in supporting the federal Road to Recovery Act

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) nominated Attorney General Shapiro for the award.

“As physicians, we see in Josh Shapiro the core of personal and professional attributes that mark our own profession as social and community leaders,” wrote PAMED Board Chair John Gallagher, MD, in his nomination recommending Shapiro for the Award.

PAMED thanks Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his work and wishes to congratulate him on the receipt of the 2018 Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.

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