As of July 2012, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), formerly under the Department of Health, became a department. This change reflects a strong commitment by the Commonwealth to provide education, intervention and treatment programs to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse and dependency for all Pennsylvanians. Jennifer Smith is the current Secretary of the department.
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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs mission is to engage, coordinate and lead the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s effort to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and abuse; and to promote recovery, thereby reducing the human and economic impact of the disease.
Initiatives and accomplishments
Pennsylvania is in the midst of the worst-ever overdose death epidemic and the worst public health crisis of the last 100 years. In 2015, nearly 3,400 people died of drug overdose. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has undertaken many initiatives to address the epidemic as well as prevent and treat substance use. The Department has outlined those initiatives as well as accomplishments it has made in its Initiatives and Accomplishments publication (PDF).