PRINTER'S NO. 1057
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
165
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY BARTOLOTTA, KEARNEY, BROOKS, FONTANA, J. WARD,
HUGHES, CAPPELLETTI, SCAVELLO, COSTA, MENSCH, COMITTA,
GORDNER, STEFANO, MARTIN, BROWNE, SCHWANK, MUTH, KANE, STREET
AND YUDICHAK, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
REFERRED TO RULES AND EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing the month of September 2021 as "National Recovery
Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Recovery from substance use disorders, including co-
occurring disorders, is an essential part of health and one's
overall wellness; and
WHEREAS, Treatment and recovery services for substance use
disorders and co-occurring disorders is effective and people can
and do recover in our area and around the nation; and
WHEREAS, Addressing and overcoming substance use disorders
and co-occurring disorders is essential to achieving a healthy
lifestyle, both physically and emotionally; and
WHEREAS, We must encourage relatives and friends of people
with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders to
implement preventive measures, recognize the signs of a problem
and encourage those in need of help to seek appropriate
treatment and recovery support services; and
WHEREAS, According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use
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and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment
Services, it is estimated that 758,000 Pennsylvanians are living
with a substance use disorder; and
WHEREAS, The number of people receiving treatment for a
substance use disorder has increased by 12% over the last five
years; and
WHEREAS, The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the unique
challenges for those with substance use disorders and in
recovery, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
reporting an increase in overdose deaths by 16% in 2020; and
WHEREAS, In 2020, there were nearly 5,200 overdose deaths in
Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, For 30 years, the states and organizations
nationwide have observed September as "National Recovery Month"
to bring awareness to substance use disorders and co-occurring
disorders; and
WHEREAS, This year's "National Recovery Month" theme is
"Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every
Community"; and
WHEREAS, To help more people achieve and sustain recovery,
the Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration and the Commonwealth
invite all residents of this Commonwealth to participate in
"National Recovery Month"; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the month of September
2021 as "National Recovery Month" in Pennsylvania; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That all residents of this Commonwealth be urged to
observe this month with appropriate programs, activities and
ceremonies.
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