Parkland Press

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Michael Blichar Jr. Michael Blichar Jr.

187th Legislative District

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Debra Palmieri dpalmieri@tnonline.com in Local News

The winning candidate will serve a two-year term in office.

The Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers asked the candidates for the 187th Legislative District the following question: Is enough being done on the state level to battle the opioid crisis? Please explain.

Michael Blichar Jr., Democrat

The opioid crisis is one of the worst public health epidemics in Pennsylvania, especially in our rural communities. As someone who has personally known those lost to opioid addiction, I have made it a priority as a candidate to addressing this growing issue. I believe that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has gained significant headway in addressing the issue including the prescription drug monitoring program and the patient non-opioid directive. However, there is much more that can be done including proactively educating our youth about the dangers of substance use and holding big pharma accountable for contributing to this issue.

Gary Day, Republican

No response was received from this candidate.

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The 187th Legislative District includes: In Lehigh County, the townships of Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, North Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Weisenberg. In Berks County: Maxatawny Township; and the Boroughs of Kutztown and Lyons.