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Attorney General holds local roundtable discussion on opioid epidemic

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The State's Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, says 13 Pennsylvanians die every day from drug overdoses.

Shapiro continued his crackdown on the opioid crisis Thursday with stops in four Pennsylvania counties.

"We've got to deal with this epidemic head on," said Shapiro.

Shapiro held roundtable discussions with local law enforcement and government agencies to talk about ways to fight heroin and opioid addiction.

"Drug dealers don't follow municipal boundaries or state boundaries so you've got to be willing to partner with your colleagues," says Shapiro.

In Monroe County, the meeting of the minds took place at the Mount Pocono Bureau Hall. The County Coroner, Commissioner and police officers all weighed in on how the epidemic is tearing apart families and their communities.

"You see quality of life issues from petty theft right up to homicide," said Chief Chris Wagner with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

"Be aware, don't ever think your kid is too good," said Robert Allen, Monroe County Coroner. 

Officials say they often see this type of addiction start with opioid pain killer prescriptions.

"It could be something as simple as an extracted tooth where you're getting a 60 day prescription of percocet," said Wagner. 

And Shapiro says it's time to tackle the problem at its root.

"We're going to hold these pharmaceutical executives and pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in the heroin and opioid epidemic," said Shapiro. 

The other take away from the roundtable was that local and state agencies must work together to win this fight.

"We're going to recover for the people of Pennsylvania," says Shapiro.

The Attorney General also stopped in Carbon, Pike and Wayne counties on Thursday. He says his goal is to visit every Pennsylvania county, as the opioid crisis knows no boundaries.


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