Pam Gay

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February 7th, 2017
York County teens fighting stigma of mental-health issues

About 80 students, representing every school district in York County, met with county officials and leaders Monday morning to discuss ways to end the stigma of mental illness and to ensure mental-health resources are available to everyone who needs them, especially the county's youth...

December 20th, 2016

Coroner: Hope for the hopeless & hurting at holidays

Today, many of my family members and I had the privilege of attending the wedding of our nephew and his new wife. As I looked around the reception hall this afternoon, I saw lots of smiles, folks exchanging hugs and heard lots of laughter. I thought how blessed the young newlyweds were that they will always be able to...

September 27th, 2016
OPED: Living a life free from falls

For most adults, dying a natural death in their later years is the norm. However, surprisingly, every year there is a segment of our aging population who die as a result of something that can often be simply prevented...

July 11th, 2016

OPED: A 'culture of caring' for hurting teens

In recent months, the York County Coroner’s office has seen a disturbing increase in the number of teen suicides here in our community. And while we do everything in our power to maintain and respect the family members’ privacy in these tragic situations, we also believe it is important to acknowledge the increase and revisit the gravity of what that increase may mean...

March 29, 2016

Coroner: I Used to Hate Addicts Too

When addiction hit Pam Gay's family, she evolved from contempt to acceptance that it's a disease.


I once was a hater, too.

It’s been sadly interesting, to say the least, to read the social media postings on the various news outlets’ Facebook pages in recent days in response to the coverage of the needle exchange program that is coming to York. Addict-haters, Naloxone-haters, people-with-no-willpower-haters and addiction-is-NOT-a-disease-believers came out of the woodwork.

I generally refrain from responding to social media postings that relate to my role as coroner, but this time, I chose to take a different approach. After reading a few of them, it was obvious to me that many of the commentators had not even read the story or watched the video at all, and so, the nurse-educator in me kicked into gear, and I chose to respond – calmly and accurately – without any name-calling taking place.

I had numerous people ask me how I could be so calm in my responses. “I can do that,” I responded, “because, you see, I once was a hater, too.”

About 14 years ago, my husband, children and I were suddenly...

November 20th, 2015
Infant safety: Sleep this way

One of the most common causes of infant death is preventable, said York County Coroner Pam Gay...


January 26, 2017

York County Coroner Seeks Re-Election


York County Coroner Pam Gay is running for re-election this year to build on some of the changes she has helped to bring about since taking the job in 2014.

“I’m not done what I started,” Gay said. “I have a lot of things I want to complete yet. It’s hard to complete what you want in the first four years, that’s for sure.”

Gay has led the push to reduce the growing number of deaths linked to heroin and opiate use in York County...

January 16, 2016

York County Coroner Seeks Re-Election


York County Coroner Pam Gay said Monday that she will run for a second term.

“My team and I look forward to continuing our mission to serve our York County community during the next four years,” Gay said in a news release.

Her first step is in the May 16 primary.

Gay said her campaign’s main goals are providing further education on the heroin epidemic, pursuing a plan to have a separate, accredited morgue, and obtaining national accreditation from the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners...

Pam Gay, who was elected York County, Pa., coroner in 2013, has transformed her office to battle the heroin epidemic. 

-- Chris Dunn, York Daily Record, February 9, 2017


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