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Hearing on heroin treatment planned for York

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 12, 2015 3:21 AM
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(York) -- A state legislative agency that first highlighted the heroin issue in hearings last year is at it again.

This time, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania is looking at responses to the crisis, which has killed hundreds of people in the midstate alone.

Republican state Senator Gene Yaw of Bradford County says two hearings have already been held across the state, with a third scheduled for York later this month.

"It's gonna be a busy summer between what's gone on here in Harrisburg and what we plan to do through the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, but we learned a lot last year, and we know we'll learn a lot again this year," says Yaw.

The hearing will have a different focus than the first, which examined how the crisis first started.

"What the treatment is, what's going on with police departments who are carrying naloxone, what's their experience as far as saving lives, and also what social programs are working," adds Yaw.

York County, one of the hardest hit areas in the state, was also one of the first to supply police officers with naloxone, a life-saving drug for those overdosing on heroin.

More than twice as many people died from drug overdoses in 2014 in York County compared to any other midstate county.

The hearing is set for the Yorktowne Hotel at 10 AM on August 18th.

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