Poconos Coal

Ways to battle heroin addiction focus of hearing

Hearing on drug addiction

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.


This Week's Circulars

Poconos and Coal Region News

Latest From The Newsroom