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The midstate's opioid crisis: Where are we now?

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 5, 2017 3:09 PM


What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, May 8, 2017:

The opioid crisis has killed thousands in Pennsylvania over the past three years.

On Thursday, WITF is hosting a forum at the Public Media Center: The Midstate's Opioid Crisis: Where are We Now?

Today, we talk about the epidemic, and dig into the challenges in getting help to those who need it.

At the state and federal level, the crisis has been getting a lot of attention.

But drug overdose deaths continue to rise.

Dr. Sarah Kawasaki with the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute will offer information about treatment, what the evidence says, and how people who are ready to recover from addiction can stabilize their life.

Matthew Toth is in recovery after years of addiction - he'll be here to share his story.

And Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman will talk about what his staff is seeing, and how the justice system has been handling the crisis.


Dr. Sarah Kawasaki - Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute / Matthew Toth / Craig Stedman - Lancaster County District Attorney


- I am the father of an addict in recovery with 5 months of sobriety. They attended Caron for 28 days where the family education was a key component in understanding this disease, after care is also important and helping my loved one learning how to survive in a world filled with temptation.

The Lancaster county courts were great and respectful with my loved one, supporting his recovery path by not implementing judicial punishments that would get in the way of his recovery...Thank you!  - Denny

- What is the profile of the drug dealer?  I doubt many aspire to become dealers, but circumstances lead in that direction.                          - John, Harrisburg

- Why are these drugs allowed to be used outside of hospitals/medical facilities?

There are more restrictions on abortions & no deaths like with the drugs. One reason counseling fails is people who are paid to tell you have value but no one else does?

Where are those "pro-lifers"? Don't these lives have value? I have helped several people & yes, it's time consuming, emotionally challenging, but walking out the other side together is what pro-life is really all about. (& Jesus said so, too!)                                          -anon

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