Media Advisory: Center for Rural Pennsylvania to release second report on Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic

Follow-up Report to Latest Series of Statewide Hearings

HARRISBURG – The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative research agency of the General Assembly, will release a second report on the heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania during a press conference on Monday, December 7, 2015 in Harrisburg.

The report reflects the issues addressed, and the recommendations made, by 40 presenters at three statewide public hearings held during the summer months and totaling over 11 hours of testimony.  The three hearings are in addition to four public hearings held during 2014.  Those testifying included educators, elected officials, law enforcement officials, medical and health care professionals, addiction treatment providers, and family members who have lost loved ones.

The report provides recommendations on 11 issues coming from the testifiers requiring additional evaluation, research and possible legislative action.

State Senator Gene Yaw, who represents Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, serves as the Center’s Chairman.  “Heroin and opioid abuse has no geographical boundaries,” Yaw said.  “This is an epidemic affecting individuals of every age, gender, race, and background across the state.”

WHO:  Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors
WHEN:  Monday, December 7, 2015 at 10AM
WHERE:  Capitol Media Center, Room 1, East Wing of the State Capitol

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