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Friday, May 04, 2018

Family First Health & PACHC Join Governor and UHC at York Opioid Announcement

This morning, Family First Health   and PACHC participated in a press event in York announcing a new partnership in fighting the opioid use disorder epidemic.  To respond to the fact that 70 percent of individuals struggling with this challenge took their first opioids through a prescribed medication in their household, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced they will donate 50,000 medication disposal kits in an effort to limit the availability of prescription opioids in the greater York County area.  The kits will allow individuals to dispose of unused prescription pills safely.  To use the kits, individuals just need to open the bag, pour a small amount of water in to activate the neutralizing chemical which makes the medications inert, drop the pills in and let them dissolve, then toss the bag in with regular household trash. Speakers at the event included Gov. Wolf, Family First Health CEO Jenny Englerth, UnitedHealthCare Community Plan Pennsylvania CEO Allison Davenport, and Ann Bahn, CEO of the Brynes Health Education Center in York. UHC highlighted the work that Community Health Centers  across the commonwealth are doing to respond to the opioid epidemic and to offer accessible, affordable, quality healthcare homes for individuals to help them get well and stay well.

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