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More Federal Help Needed To Combat Drug Epidemic

December 24, 2018

Editor: We formed a committee of those who have lost family members to the drug epidemic. We have spoken before Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton councils and visited elected officials. The response we have received has been respectful and helpful. We have asked our local officials to join together and ask Washington for more resources that our prevention, law enforcement and treatment personnel must have to turn this deadly opioid epidemic around. The experts say it will take a long time to come out of this. Luzerne County is sixth in the state and now in the fourth record year of parents burying their young. What’s happening to Luzerne County? Our country is now being flooded with two powerful new drugs 50 to a 100 times stronger than heroin. Fentanyl and carfentanyl are killing our youth and those struggling through inferior treatment programs. Our Luzerne County Drug Task Force along with local police without a doubt must have more help from Washington so they can just hold the line until longer and better funded treatment programs can save our neighbors lives. Our coroner has said he has never seen anything like this epidemic. If we do not turn this around and face up to this threat our way of life will be destroyed whether you lose a loved one or not. The vitality of the Valley will be sucked right out from all of us. We all matter here in Luzerne County so tell Washington we need help now. To join us, call 570-239-6244. Greg Griffin Citizens Opioid Committee SWOYERSVILLE

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