Tuesday Phone-In Covers PA’s Opioid Crisis

HARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic will be the focus of a special “Telephone Town Hall” meeting scheduled for Tuesday (Jan. 10, 2016) at 6:30 p.m. that will originate from the State Capitol in Harrisburg and be broadcast regionally, according to Sen. Bob Mensch. His 24th Senatorial District includes West and Upper Pottsgrove, New Hanover, and Douglass (Montgomery) townships, and the boroughs of Pottstown and Trappe.

Mensch said he hopes area residents participate in the event, intended to gather information on how the growing epidemic affects Pennsylvania, and what can be done to save lives and battle addiction. It is the third of five tele-town halls planned for coming months. Those interested in joining the discussion can register here to receive a phone call a few moments before the town hall meeting begins.

The town hall will be hosted by Sen. Gene Yaw, who chairs the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative research agency of the state General Assembly. Other panelists include Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, and Barry Denk, director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. They’ll answer questions about heroin and opioid addiction, and what the legislature is doing to curb the use of these drugs.

In Montgomery County alone, 187 people suffered opioid overdoses during 2015, and more than 70 died as a result, Mensch said in a recent video.

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