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Governor Looks to Stem PA's Growing Heroin Addiction

Between 2009 and 2013, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths were identified by county coroners in Pennsylvania, according to information from the governor’s office.

Governor Tom Corbett announced Friday he will form a working group to address the state’s growing opioid addiction and overdose situation.

Opioids are found in many prescription and illegal drugs, including heroin. Between 2009 and 2013, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths were identified by county coroners in Pennsylvania, according to information from the governor’s office.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis has been appointed by the governor to lead the working group, which will be made up of government officials. The group will be tasked with holding a series of panel discussions around the state.

“We’ve seen a concerning correlation between opioid prescription drug abuse and heroin use,” Corbett said. “This is a problem that cuts across geographic, social and economic boundaries. It affects families from rural areas, to suburban areas, to our cities. And it is doing so at an increasingly alarming rate.”

In a statement, the governor said his plan is aimed at raising awareness about Pennsylvania’s growing opioid problem and discussing how healthcare, law enforcement and community groups can stem the problem.

“We need to educate our citizens, coordinate the enforcement of our laws and engage our communities to address this issue,” Corbett said. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death from drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S., surpassing motor vehicle crashes.”

Jessica May 10, 2014 at 08:52 AM
I think they need to stop writing so many prescriptions for pain relief, anxiety etc. what was done years ago people just took Tylenol and they just talked through their anxiety.
The Truth May 10, 2014 at 08:57 PM
"The Truth is a Dope" has been battling his own addiction to DOPE for years...and he's losing...
Donna Kleedorfer May 11, 2014 at 07:52 AM
This is a Real problem. My son was a functioning part of society, had a job, house and family and due to opioids has lost everything. Now has no health insurance and can't get any so he can get NO help. It is sad. Everywhere he goes he is turned down. So much for health care for everyone.
Patti Mitchell May 11, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I agree that this is a real problem!!!! My son also was a functioning member of society. First he became addicted to opiates which led to heroin because heroin is cheaper. He stole all of my gold jewelry valued about $40,000. But how can you turn in your own son? He spent 6 months in jail which broke our hearts. But probably that was the best thing that could have happened. He became drug free. Now we are praying that he will stay drug free. He also lost a friend to a heroin overdose. I thought that this would have alerted him to what can happen. Sadly, it didn't. Also I would like to say that if you drive through almost any town late at night, there are kids hanging on every corner. Where are the police? Where are their parents??? I am praying endlessly for an end to this problem.
Kenneth Tennant May 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM
America's Heroin problem is courtesy of the Zionist Jew and their US Corporate INTERESTS in Afgahnistan, where the heroin is grown. The more troops murdered, the more coffins, the more heroin, just like in the movie: AMERICAN GANGSTER, with Denzel Washington. Zionist Jews own the US Corporation aka "Gov't" They are screwing US Disabled vets out of disability compensation benefits. BVA "Judge" KATHY A. BANFIELD took two YEARS to craft her deceptive dishonest denial in a case that was already six YEARS old. Shame on SHINSEKI. Google: Kenneth Tennant (Domestic Terrorism: USA vs Veterans and the First Amendment) & You Tube: AMERICAN VETERAN: Discarded and Forgotten, by Gary Null. American citizens go to prison for much less.- Dr. Ken Tennant KTennantDC@Gmail.com

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