Experts: heroin epidemic should have medical and legislative solutions

As the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concludes its hearings on the heroin epidemic’s impact on rural Pennsylvania Tuesday, experts say that its solutions should be medical.

As Deb Beck of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania notes, this is because the nature of the epidemic largely has a medical origin.

“It’s a drug problem that typically starts through getting a prescription for something, that’s the feature that’s new here,” she said. “We are seeing an increase in heroin use across Pennsylvania—including the rural areas—because of this prescription problem: the prescribing of opiates and then people end up converting to heroin because the withdrawal is so severe.”

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill Restricting Powerful Opiate Could Draw Physician Ire Following Amendment

Bill Restricting Powerful Opiate Could Draw Physician Ire Following Amendment

The House Human Services Committee today continued the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s battle against prescription opiates by voting on legislation originally drafted to ban the powerful opiate Zohydro. However, an amendment to the bill might draw concern from physicians and others prescribing the pain killer.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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