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Heroin: A Commonwealth Crisis

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 16, 2014 7:25 AM

WITF joins a statewide broadcast to address the heroin crisis in Pennsylvania.

Heroin use in Pennsylvania has reached epidemic proportions. Once thought to be found only in cities, these dangerous drugs are now readily available in rural and suburban neighborhoods, and young people are at particular risk.

A panel of experts will explain what led to this deadly health problem and provide information on prevention and treatment. This interactive program will take your phone calls, emails, and questions via Twitter. Join the conversation by calling 800-543-8242 during the show, emailing connect@wpsu.org or tweeting @WPSU.

Heroin: A Commonwealth Crisis from Penn State Public Media will simulcast across Pennsylvania including WITF FM and TV at 8:00pm on Thursday May 29.


The panelists include Nancy Butts, President Judge of the 29th Judicial District-Lycoming County, who presides over the county’s Drug Court, DUI Court, and Juvenile Drug Court. In September 2013, she lead efforts to establish the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force, a community partnership whose goal is to educate citizens about prevention and treatment resources and reduce drug-related crime through public education and law enforcement.

Ward Donovan is the chief of medical toxicology at the PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg and a professor emeritus of Emergency Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. He has practiced and taught emergency medicine for 35 years, previously serving as medical director of the Toxicology Center at PinnacleHealth System, one of the busiest clinical toxicology services in the United States.

Joseph Troncale is the medical director of The Retreat of Lancaster County and has been a physician since 1979, working in the field of addiction medicine for the past 15 years. He was honored as one of Addiction Professional Magazine’s clinicians of the year in 2010. His interests include the proper treatment of mental health issues in the addicted patient and the neurobiology of addiction.

Rounding out the panel is Alison Turley, prevention coordinator at the Centre County Youth Service Bureau. She oversees prevention programing including AmeriCorps, Strengthening Families Program, community youth centers, street outreach programs and drug and alcohol prevention programs both in schools and in the community.

Register to be part of the live studio audience

Event Location

WPSU Studios
Outreach Building
100 Innovation Blvd
University Park, PA 16802

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