Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Indiana County and Armstrong County in Western PA.
In Indiana County, I stopped at the office of the Indiana Gazette to meet with a group of editors and reporters. Topics of discussion ranged from the ongoing partial government shutdown to monetary policy. You can read more about my visit here and here.
Following my visit to the Indiana Gazette, I traveled to Armstrong County where I received an update from local leaders regarding their approach to addressing the opioid epidemic. County medical officials are distributing Narcan more widely and using a warm hand-off program -- an initiative to get overdose survivors to a treatment program. Both of these efforts are critical to saving lives.
In addition to discussing the opioid epidemic, local leaders relayed concerns about how FEMA determines which communities to place in a flood zone and how those maps affect local development.
Hearing from local leaders about issues unique to their communities greatly helps to inform my overall approach in Washington. I appreciated the constructive dialogue and look forward to hosting more events like these in the future.
You can read more about my visit to Armstrong County in the Kittanning Leader Times.