Thank you to all the veterans who attended Rep. Kurt Masser’s Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 9, at the Elysburg Fire Company Social Hall. Masser and his staff prepared breakfast for the veterans as way to show thanks for their dedicated service. Masser is pictured with World War II veterans Michael Yonkovig from Kulpmont and Ralph Long from Coal Township. Thank you, again, to these gentlemen, and to ALL those who have served and are currently serving our great nation.
Rep. Kurt A. Masser joined fellow members of the PA HOPE (Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education) Caucus, along with other state government officials, health care professionals, addiction experts, survivors and family members of overdose victims, at a rally in September to urge action on numerous bills to help fight the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic. The epidemic is killing 10 state residents every day, and drug overdoses are now surpassing car crashes as a leading cause of death. Several pieces of legislation to address the epidemic – including ways to improve opioid prescribing practices, better training for health care professionals, expanded access to treatment and enhanced educational efforts – are now with the Senate for consideration. Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to address a joint session of the General Assembly to discuss additional efforts on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Rep. Masser is sponsoring House Bill 1805, which states that doctors and pharmacists would be required to attend opioid- and addiction-related training prior to obtaining relevant licenses, and would further require ongoing training in every renewal period.