Media Advisory: Center for Rural Pennsylvania slated to release report on Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic

HARRISBURG – The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will release its report on the heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania at a press conference on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in Harrisburg.

The report reflects the issues addressed, and the recommendations made, by more than 50 presenters at four statewide hearings held during the summer months and totaling over 15 hours of testimony.  Those testifying included educators, students, elected officials, law enforcement officials, medical and health care professionals, treatment providers, and family members who have lost loved ones.

In addition to identifying specific legislative actions recommended by those testifying, the report identifies nearly 20 issues requiring additional evaluation, research and action.

State Senator Gene Yaw, who represents Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, serves as the Center’s Chairman.  “Heroin and opioid abuse has no geographical boundaries,” Yaw said.  “This is an epidemic affecting individuals of every age, gender, race, and background across the state.”

WHO:  Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board Members, Senate Members, House Members
WHEN:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 11AM
WHERE:  Capitol Media Center, Room 1, East Wing of the State Capitol


Barry Denk, Director
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania
(717) 787-9555

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