Dave Sanner - Director of the Erie County, Pennsylvania Office of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

 

Dave Sanner serves as the Director of the Erie County Office of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse in Erie, Pennsylvania. His office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 11/4/2019 7:55 AM.

 

If a resident in your city visited your office and said that he or she had some spare time and wanted to volunteer to help alleviate the opioid crisis, what kinds of activities would you recommend?

Maybe work with one of our prevention providers.

 

Recently, many overdoses are increasingly due to fentanyl. What can cities do to protect against this newest threat to public health?

Educate everyone as much as possible as to the very real dangers

 

How much support has your city received from federal and state government public health agencies, opioid safety coalitions, elected officials, and nonprofit organizations or foundations?

Lots and lots of financial support and direct interest in our efforts

 

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

 

I would stop all illegally acquired opioids from ever entering our community

 

Are there any additional resources your department could use that would help alleviate the crisis in your city?

More financial support, more staff, less barriers to using financial sources