SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - Officials in Schuylkill County gathered Tuesday to discuss ways to tackling a growing problem of heroin addiction.
The goal is to gather information about the newest drug concerns and prevention methods: specifically heroin and opioid addiction.
Statistics show 100 Americans die every day of a drug overdose -- now it's the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
In Pennsylvania, numbers are even more startling.
The Keystone State ranks seventh in the nation for drug-related overdose deaths, according to federal statistics.
Recently the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan legislative research agency, began conducting a series of statewide hearings to help combat the issue.
Ideas garnered from past hearings include:
* Granting immunity from prosecution in certain drug crimes when a person helps an overdose victim;
* Legalizing the FDA-approved drug Naloxone, which can help restart a victim's breathing and
* Improving the statewide prescription drug database.
Several state lawmakers conducted the hearing on the Schuylkill County campus of Penn State University in Schuylkill Haven.
Allentown, PA 18102