John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Turning Grief Into Action

Recently, the Pennsbury school board approved a $149,000 one-year agreement with the Richard J. Caron Foundation to provide drug counseling and other services to district schools. This was after Pennsbury school board president Jacuelyn Redner spoke out in a public meeting about her 28-year-old son Joshua - a 2007 Pennsbury High School garduate - who died of a heroin overdose.

Read the BCCT editorial 
published on 21 Sept 2017.
Rembrance rocks placed
around tree at Steps
to Recovery in Levittown

This is exactly what Tony Luke Jr., of Philly cheesesteak fame, who lost his son to heroin overdose, wants more people to do. He started the #BrownandWhite initiative to help end the stigma and shame associated with addiction.

He encourages people to honor those who have died of a drug overdose to post their stories on Twitter using the #BrownandWhite hash tag.

In observance of Drug Overdose Day,  I attended the “Night to Remember” ceremony hosted by Steps to Recovery on Veterans Highway in Levittown, PA. Tony Luke was a speaker at that event. Read more about that here.

Posted on 21 Sep 2017, 12:52 - Category: Opioid Epidemic



Delaware River Basin Commission Proposes to Allow Fracking Wastewater Disposal

As reported in the September 14, 2017, issue of the Bucks County Courier Times, he Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) passed a resolution that would ban fracking but allow fracking wastewater to be stored or discharged in the Delaware River basin, which totally negates the ban according to environmentalists. Former PA Department of Environmental Protection secretary John Quigley said "It would be inconsistent at best to allow a ban and consider wastewater. It just doesn't make sense."

For more details read this 
Bucks County Courier Times article.

Despite the pleas of several residents to hold off, the Newtown Planning Commission approved a recommendation in December, 2016, to advertise a proposed ordinance aimed at limiting the opportunity for fracking in the township if a current moratorium is lifted. See video of a Delaware Riverkeeper Network meeting (January 2017) on the fracking ordinance proposed by the Newtown, Wrightstown and Upper Makefield Jointure.

Posted on 14 Sep 2017, 01:47 - Category: Environment



In Observance of International Overdose Day

Last night I attended the “Night to Remember” ceremony hosted by Steps to Recovery on Veterans Highway in Levittown, PA. Tony Luke Jr., of Philly cheesesteak fame, was the main speaker. He lost his son to heroin overdose in March and started the #BrownandWhite initiative to help end the Stigma and shame associated with addiction. You can see his presentation on my FaceBook page here.

I met Tony Luke and suggested that he visit Newtown soon.

After his speech, Tony led a ceremony where attendees wrote the names of their lost ones on river stones and placed them around a newly-planted tree to create a monument of remembrance.

Rembrance rocks!

Listen to Tony's PSA:

Posted on 31 Aug 2017, 12:47 - Category: Opioid Epidemic



Pennsylvania's Treasurer Says Big Pharma Must be Held Accountable for Its Role in Opioid Crisis

Posted on 28 Aug 2017, 12:08 - Category: Opioid Epidemic



Elect a Scientist!

"I’m not a scientist, but…"

We’ve heard that line countless times from politicians over the years. They use it to avoid tough questions on environmental policy or as an excuse for inaction on climate change. Some even wear it as a badge of honor.

314 Action - the nations largest resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking running for office - is trying to solve the problem of not having enough scientific voices in government to tackle problems like the impact of climate change, fracking, water quality issues, and the opioid addiction crisis.

These same issues are of concern to local municipalities, including Newtown Township. So, it makes sense to elect someone to the Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) who DOES have a strong background in science - ME!

I have a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and Masters and MPhil Degrees in Biochemistry from Columbia University. I have also worked as a biomedical researcher at New York Veterans Administration/NYU and NY State Psychiatric Institute. 

My background makes me well qualified to evaluate environmental issues that come before the BOS from time time such as fracking, Newtown's water supply quality, hazardous waste disposal, and the current opioid dug addiction crisis. 

For the past 17 years I have been a leading voice in the pharmaceutical industry through my publications. More than 28,000 pharmceutical executives follow me on Twitter and read my newsletter (here) and blog (here), which the Wall Street Journal said is a "Must Read" blog for insiders.

If you are concerned about the above issues and want someone on the BOS who has the necessary qualifications to understand and communicate the science behind the issues AND to make decisions based on evidence, not politics, then please vote for me this November 7!

P.S. Also vote for scientists in the 2018 Congressional elections! Also consider supporting the efforts of 314 Action by making a donation here.

Posted on 28 Aug 2017, 01:55 - Category: Science



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