EVERY FOUR DAYS
SOMEONE DIES
FROM AN OVERDOSE
IN LACKAWANNA
COUNTY.

Source: Tim Rowland, Lackawanna County Coroner, 2016

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Average number of days between fatal overdoses

Percent of heroin addicts who began with prescription opioids

Painkiller prescriptions
per 100 people

Arrests by Lackawanna County Drug Task Force
January 2016-March 2017

Mark-Powell

In 2016, there were 84 overdose deaths in Lackawanna County

That’s 15 more than the year before and 49 more than in 2014. Statewide, opioid overdose deaths increased by 37 percent in 2016. In 2017, Lackawanna County had the highest per-capita rate of opioid prescriptions of any county in the state. The death toll from opioids – both prescriptions painkillers and street drugs like heroin and fentanyl – must end!

As your District Attorney, I will do everything in my power to put drug dealers and pill-pushing doctors behind bars, and end the supply of deadly drugs that are killing our citizens and causing so much misery and pain for so many families in our communities.

 

As your DA, I will work with law enforcement at all levels, the medical community, school districts, treatment facilities, community groups, nonprofits and everyday citizens to clean up our streets and make Lackawanna County a healthier, safer place to live, work and raise our families. Opioid addiction does not discriminate. It affects everyone – old, young, rich and poor. That’s why all of us must work together to end this deadly epidemic.

Please join me in protecting our community. Read what’s happening right here at home on this website. Get involved. Become informed. If you see suspicious activity, report it. If you know someone with a problem, call and we’ll get them help. Be a champion for your family, for your neighborhood, for your friends, for our future.

 

 

THE HEROIN HITS HOME CAMPAIGN IS A PROBLEM-SOLVING
INITIATIVE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.

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PENNSYLVANIA
LEADS THE NATION
IN DRUG OVERDOSE
DEATHS AMONG
YOUNG ADULT MEN.

Source: Trust for America’s Health, 2015 *19-25 years of age

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GET THE AMMUNITION YOU NEED TO COMBAT
THE HORROR OF HEROIN RIGHT HERE.

law-enforcement-iconLaw Enforcement

Law enforcement throughout Lackawanna County is committed to putting away drug dealers and ending the heroin epidemic.

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good-samaritan-law-iconGood Samaritan Law

This law provides immunity from prosecution for people responding to, reporting or assisting someone believed to have experienced a drug overdose.
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treatment-options-iconTreatment Options

In-patient and out-patient treatment for persons afflicted with the disease of addiction is available at a number of area facilities.
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opioid-addiction-iconOpioid Addiction

Heroin addiction often begins with the use of powerful prescription painkillers known as opioids, which are frequently overprescribed.

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overdose-rehearsalOverdose Reversal

The potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose can be reversed with the medication naloxone, which is available without prescription.
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drug-disposal-iconDrug Disposal

To prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, unused and expired drugs can be dropped off at designated boxes.
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drug-dictionaryDrug Dictionary

Learn the lingo of drug talk and discover some common words that refer to drugs or the use of drugs.

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Addiction-assesmentAddiction Assessments

Use this simple tool to determine if you or a loved one has a problem with substance abuse, and requires help.

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12-step-program12-Step Programs

There are numerous 12-step meetings in the area which assist persons with the disease of addiction, as well as their family members.

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