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Continuing Coverage Entry: Central Pennsylvania's Heroin Epidemic

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Feb 5, 2016 10:25 AM

Central Pennsylvania was in the midst of a heroin epidemic in 2015.

WITF focused on the sweeping effects of the problem through personal stories and investigative reporting.

Our reporters illustrated how a drug overdose death can shake a family, but also told the story of a 25-year-old woman who is in recovery.

They also showed policy failings and weak enforcement on the health care side. Listeners learned about some ways to address the problem, including a drug that reverses an overdose.

This entry contains several complete stories and excerpts of WITF's coverage.

Story Order:

The story of a family who worked for years to get her son Anthony help for his addictions, until one day in March -- Ben Allen

The story of drug addiction doesn't have to end with an obituary -- Ben Allen

Without a single standard to track heroin deaths in Pennsylvania, each of the 67 county coroners and medical examiners operate under their own set of rules -- Ben Allen

New data is offering some information about just how deep the heroin problem cuts -- Ben Allen

Pennsylvania enacted new laws that included a database for prescriptions.  Guidelines were also issued for physicians in how to treat pain -- Scott LaMar

Drug overdose deaths in York County are rising. Coroner Pam Gay has been outfront in publicizing the drug deaths and bringing attention to the issue of drug use -- Scott LaMar

Steps can be taken to address the heroin epidemic that is quietly ravaging some communities. The State Police hope its newest program will save lives...-- Ben Allen

After York County first put a life-saving drug in police cars, another midstate county plans to follow suit -- Ben Allen

Lancaster County is out of money for programs that treat addiction. The programs' director sees the funding crisis as yet another problem for the struggling services -- Ben Allen

For those addicted to drugs or alcohol, crime can be a necessity to feed their habit, not a choice. In nine midstate counties, a drug court can shatter the circle -- Ben Allen

Opiate addiction now touches every group -- white, black, Hispanic, rural, suburban and urban. But, those seeking treatment may find their health insurance plan comes up short -- Ben Allen  

A state legislative agency is recommending 11 comprehensive changes to end the heroin crisis -- Ben Allen



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