That’s 34 more than the year before. And 69 more than there should be. The reality is that people are dying every single day right here at home. Heroin deaths have become a public health crisis, with the Centers for Disease Control ranking Pennsylvania the third highest in the nation.
As your District Attorney, I want you to know that ending this epidemic is my top priority. During my first 12 weeks in office, 97 drug arrests were made. We are working to root out all the dealers and prosecute them, and shut down the heroin highway.
But we need to work together to end this. All of us. Because heroin affects everyone. Old. Young. Rich. Poor.
Only with collaboration among law enforcement, the medical community, school districts, treatment facilities, neighborhood groups, and everyday citizens will we be able to make an impact.
Please join me in protecting our community. And making Lackawanna County a safer place. 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.
Law enforcement throughout Lackawanna County is committed to putting away drug dealers and ending the heroin epidemic.
This law provides immunity from prosecution for people responding to, reporting or assisting someone believed to have experienced a drug overdose.
In-patient and out-patient treatment for persons afflicted with the disease of addiction is available at a number of area facilities.
Heroin addiction often begins with the use of powerful prescription painkillers known as opioids, which are frequently overprescribed.
The potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose can be reversed with the medication naloxone, which is available without prescription.
To prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, unused and expired drugs can be dropped off at designated boxes.
Learn the lingo of drug talk and discover some common words that refer to drugs or the use of drugs.
Use this simple tool to determine if you or a loved one has a problem with substance abuse, and requires help.
There are numerous 12-step meetings in the area which assist persons with the disease of addiction, as well as their family members.