On Feb. 13, Rep. Aaron Kaufer attended the House Majority Policy Commitee's hearing in Donora, Washington County, to hear testimony about the state’s drug epidemic and how it is impacting our communities. In 2015 in Pennsylvania, there were 3,505 overdose deaths. The number of overdose deaths exceeds those caused by car accidents and guns combined. Thus, the greatest public health threat in Pennsylvania is drug addiction and related overdose deaths. Testifiers offered suggestions on legislative actions that could be taken to better tackle the epidemic. Several testifiers discussed how data collection on drug use, blight and economic development could be used to address the growing crisis.