Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Rural Pennsylvania

Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Rural Pennsylvania

December 2015

Heroin Report - December 2015

September 2014

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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania held public hearings to examine and discuss current policies and practices related to heroin and opioid addiction, including prevention, treatment and law enforcement efforts. In Pennsylvania, the number of fatal heroin overdoses has been steadily increasing. According to a 2014 report from the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association, there were 45 reported heroin deaths in 2009 and 124 reported heroin deaths by mid-2013. Other states across the nation are reporting an increase in heroin use as addicts are shifting from more costly prescription opioids to cheaper alternatives. Three primary themes repeatedly mentioned during the hearings included: educating individuals to the dangers of opioid abuse; increasing the accessibility and availability for those seeking treatment; and providing law enforcement with the tools to help eradicate heroin from our communities. To learn more click here.

April 3, 2017

Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles-based journalist, will share the insights he gained while writing his book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” during a presentation on April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Quinones will discuss the development and writing of his book, which traces the emergence and social impacts of the national crisis of opioid and heroin abuse. His stories center around the fall and rise of Portsmouth, Ohio, as the backdrop to weave together two riveting tales of capitalism run amok: the unfettered prescription of addictive pain medications during the 1990s and the influx of black tar heroin.

http://www.lycoming.edu/news/stories/2017/02/sam-quinones-dreamland.aspx

State Senator Gene Yaw hosted a special conversation for his constituents to specifically address opioid and heroin addiction. Pennsylvania is leading the nation in drug overdose deaths, especially in young men. The Senator and his guests, Barry Denk, Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, and Dr. Nancy Falvo, Professor of Nursing, Clarion University, talked to callers about community driven programs to help prevent and deal with the epidemic. Listen as they discuss the availability and use of Narcan/Naloxone to help overdose victims. Multiple aspects of the overall problem were discussed from reducing access, the efficacy of methadone and other treatments, and how to monitor the use of opioid medications for those who legitimately need them to help with chronic pain. The panel also discussed the mental health issues that contribute to drug addiction.

2017

 

May 10, 2017
East Wing, Room 8E-B
Agenda

 

June 2017
Senator Aument hosts a discussion on the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in Lancaster County and across the state.

 

2016

 

April 1, 2016
Bradford, PA
Agenda

 
 

Video Courtesy of PCN
April 21, 2016
Geisinger-Lewistown, PA
Agenda

 
 

June 2, 2016
Aliquippa, PA
Agenda

 

September 20, 2016
Indiana, PA
Agenda

2015

Video Courtesy of PCN
July 21, 2015
Latrobe, PA
Agenda

Video Courtesy of PCN
July 29, 2015
Scranton, PA
Agenda

Video Courtesy of PCN
August 18, 2015
York, PA
Agenda

2014

Video Courtesy of PCN
July 9, 2014
Williamsport, PA
Agenda

Video Courtesy of PCN
July 22, 2014
Reading, PA
Agenda

Video Courtesy of PCN
August 5, 2014
Loretto, PA
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Video Courtesy of PCN
August 19, 2014
Clarion, PA
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Senator Gene Yaw talks with Cambria County Senator John Wozniak about upcoming hearings through The Center for Rural Pennsylvania on the rise of heroin and other opioid use in Pennsylvania.

Senator Gene Yaw talks with Barry Denk, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania about upcoming hearings through the Center on the rise of heroin and other opioid use in Pennsylvania.

Senator Gene Yaw talks with Berks County Senator Judy Schwank about upcoming hearings through The Center for Rural Pennsylvania on the rise of heroin and other opioid use in Pennsylvania.

News

Aug

11

2017

August 11, 2017

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), Co-Chair of Pennsylvania’s Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (PA-HOPE) Caucus, today commended President Trump’s decision to declare the heroin and opioid epidemic a “national emergency.”   [Read More]

Jul

18

2017

July 18, 2017

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) joined The PLS Reporter to talk about his bill, Senate Bill 828, which would block the consolidation of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs into the proposed Department of Health and Human Services   [Read More]

Jun

29

2017

June 29, 2017

Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division, announced today the release of the 2017 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide.   [Read More]

Jun

24

2017

June 24, 2017

Jun

21

2017

June 21, 2017

Legislation implementing opioid prescribing guidelines developed by Governor Wolf’s Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force was unanimously supported today by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), prime sponsor of the bill. Listen   [Read More]

May

12

2017

May 12, 2017

May

10

2017

May 10, 2017

Confronting the Heroin\Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania - Bradford - May 10, 2017     [Read More]

May

07

2017

May 07, 2017

May

06

2017

May 06, 2017

May

06

2017

May 06, 2017

May

05

2017

May 05, 2017

May

04

2017

May 04, 2017

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors, today announced that the Center, a bipartisan, bicameral research agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, will hold a public hearing to look at the challenges faced by Pennsylvania grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren because of the heroin and opioid epidemic. Listen   [Read More]

May

03

2017

May 03, 2017

The region and state’s heroin epidemic is being fought on many fronts.   [Read More]

May

03

2017

May 03, 2017

Should drug overdose victims be required to go to rehab?   [Read More]

Apr

07

2017

April 07, 2017

When surging drug overdose deaths finally spurred state legislation last  year, many policymakers warned that there would be no immediate reversal of  the trend.    [Read More]

Please contact the Center for Rural Pennsylvania at (717) 787-9555 to RSVP or for more information. You may also RSVP via email at info@rural.palegislature.us.