Thousands of people are dying every year in Pennsylvania from overdoses due to opioid and prescription drug abuse.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 10 Pennsylvanians are dying every day due to an opioid or heroin overdose. In 2015, more than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from an overdose of opioid drugs.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that 27 percent of people who abuse prescription pain medications receive them from a prescription from a doctor.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania currently holds more than $2.1 billion in unclaimed property in its possession.
I'd like to see those assets returned to their rightful owners, and, perhaps, one of those owners is you.
Last year, $111 million in unclaimed property was returned, according to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, which administers the program.
Last November , Pennsylvanians voted to return divided government to Harrisburg.
Republicans made strong gains in both the state House and Senate, while Democrat Tom Wolf was elected governor.
Some are concerned this could be a recipe for gridlock.
While that certainly is a possibility, there is nothing written in stone that says it has to turn out that way. The environment will be challenging, yes, but I prefer to see these challenges as opportunities.
There has recently been a lot of buzz surrounding Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization proposal that would auction retail licenses to the private sector in an effort to provide a greater consumer choice and convenience.
This proposal is merely a framework for my colleagues in the House and Senate to consider, and the governor's proposal will likely evolve as it goes through the legislative process.