Clarion County Broadcasting notes an event that took place yesterday on campus:
Clarion University hosted a public hearing, the 4th in a series being held statewide regarding the growing problem of opioid substance abuse; specifically heroin, among rural communities in Pennsylvania.
University President Karen Whitney, PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the DA of Clarion County, all moderated the discussion.
Information from the series of hearings will be useful in developing legislative policy designed to curb narcotic use and its impact in our state. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin is the most used drug in the Commonwealth, the cause of many deaths related to overdose, up nearly 300 per cent since 2009.
For example in 2009 there were 45 heroin deaths reported and this number increased to 124 by 2013.