*NOTE: In early June of 2016, we changed our name from "Pennsylvania Homeowners Association (PHA)" to "United Homeowners of Pennsylvania (UHoP)". It's still the same great service!
Almost daily, local and state-wide news agencies report deaths by heroin. Sadly, the numbers and statistics are rapidly increasing and many communities are still very much in the dark about "Brown sugar" -- one of the many common street names for heroin.
As community and state-wide leaders try desperately to inform and educate the public, it seems they can't do it fast enough.
The American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine define addiction as a chronic disease (The term "addiction" also applies to alcohol and other types of drug abuse.). A chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. According to CenterOnAddiction.org, about 25-50% of people with a substance use problem appear to have a severe, chronic disorder. The consequences of untreated addiction often include other physical and mental health disorders that require additional medical attention. If left untreated over time, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life-threatening. Addiction is not only dangerous for the addict, it's dangerous for our neighborhoods, too, since it often causes a surge of crime (e.g., theft, physical altercations, murder and other safety concerns).
Did you know that Pennsylvania presently spends 19.8% of its state budget for addiction, substance use and abuse? Three cents (3¢) of every dollar is spent on prevention and treatment and 81 cents (81¢) of every dollar pays for the consequences of addiction, substance use and abuse. With heroin and other drug use on the rise, these numbers are likely to increase.
You may ask... "Why does PHA care about drug use and addiction?" PHA and PHA Wellness Foundation care about homeowners and families. Health and wellness are part of the overall well-being of homeowners and have an impact on the lives of PHA members and Pennsylvanians in general.
While various arguments exist as to why we're seeing an increase in drug use and abuse, there are likely many combined factors that contribute to this epidemic. What are YOUR thoughts about why drug addiction is skyrocketing? What can we do to protect our families and communities? Tell us below.
If you have or know a loved one or friend who is battling addiction, visit here for information on how to find quality addiction treatment. For more information about the different types of addiction and how they affect the mind and body, visit CenterOnAddiction.org .
Remember: Knowledge IS power.
Over the weekend, a western Pennsylvania home and community were rocked by a natural gas pipeline explosion. A resident was taken to the hospital with severe burns and many homes were damaged. While the fire has been contained and the gas shut off, residual gas continues to burn. What environmental impact will this have? We just don't know... yet.
PHA and PHA Wellness Foundation are very concerned about gas pipelines. As we've stated, we aren't against them; however, we feel much more needs to be done to keep our homes and communities safe. Much more needs to be done to protect our environment, too. We hope YOU will join us in our efforts...
Have you joined us yet? It's FREE & EASY. If you, too, are concerned about the impact of natural gas pipelines, get involved today. Together, we can be a voice for homeowners and property owners across Pennsylvania.
Read more about StateImpact's article here.
The Cambria County Commissioners realize that, except for one other of the 67 counties, Cambria County, at 22 mills, has the highest homeowner tax rate in the State - while at the same time residential property values and family income are among the lowest. The Commissioners resolve that raising homeowner property taxes is not the answer and declare that they will not raise taxes.
The State Legislature resolves to improve its tarnished image and enacts a tough new Ethics Law with real teeth that, among other things, makes illegal the acceptance by any candidate or state official – elected or appointed - of campaign contributions, money, or favors from any industry that the State regulates. The new Ethics Law makes clear that Pennsylvania is Not For Sale!
The State Legislature decides that drinking water really is important and enacts a moratorium on approval of any new gas wells and any gas pipeline infrastructure expansion until regulations make accountable any drilling company that pollutes a drinking water source either now or in the future. Gas reserves for home heating must be secure before Pennsylvania gas is sold to world markets.
Chairman, The Pennsylvania Homeowners Association
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