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Senator John DiSanto

Tuesday: Residents Urged to Take Part in Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin, Opioid Crisis

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Senator DiSanto invites constituents to take part in a February 7 Telephone Town Hall meeting on Pennsylvania’s growing heroin and opioid epidemic and what can be done to save lives and battle addiction.

Residents of Dauphin and Perry counties will be able to take part in a special Telephone Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Pennsylvania’s growing heroine and opioid epidemic and what can be done to save lives and battle addiction.

I urge area residents to participate in this event, which is part of a statewide effort to gather information and discuss solutions. It is the fourth of five regional tele-town halls scheduled around the state in the coming months.

Those interested in taking part can sign up ahead of time at to receive a phone call a few moments before the town hall meeting begins. Individuals can also sign up by texting the keyword “talkheroin” to the number 828282. Audio streaming for the tele-town hall will also be available online. can listen along without participating.

The event will be hosted by Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), who chairs the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative research agency of the General Assembly. He will be joined by Pam Gay, York County Coroner, Detective Sgt. John Burkhart, Lancaster County Drug Task Force and Barry Denk, Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, to answer questions about heroin and opioid addiction and what the Legislature is doing to curb the use of these dangerous drugs.

Nearly 3,400 drug-related overdose deaths were reported in Pennsylvania in 2015, an increase of more than 23 percent over 2014. In approximately four out of five of those deaths, the presence of heroin or at least one opioid was reported.

Stemming the rise in heroin and opioid abuse will require a wide-ranging, community-wide effort. Working together, we need to find ways to combat this health care crisis. This tele-town hall provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about addiction, treatment and prevention.

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