Heroin abuse meeting topic

BURGETTSTOWN – A Community Conversation on Heroin Abuse will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Burgettstown Area Middle/High School located at 104 Bavington Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will examine the problem of heroin abuse in local communities and discuss ways to combat the issue and find solutions. It is open to the public and hosted by state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil Township and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

It will feature presentations by the Education and Outreach Office and Bureau of Narcotics to include facts surrounding heroin abuse and details on successful programs that have been put into place in other communities.

A question-and-answer session and a discussion on how to tackle the problem on a community level will follow.

White said he was moved to take action on this issue after receiving inquiries from residents about drug use in local neighborhoods and after learning the deadly effects that drugs, specifically heroin, have in some communities.

“Unfortunately, there has been a sharp increase in heroin-related deaths in this region over the last several months, and heroin abuse has become an increasing and alarming problem in some of our local communities,” said White. “I hope this meeting starts what will be the first of many steps toward ridding our neighborhoods of heroin, and I look forward to working together with local officials, law enforcement, community leaders and concerned residents to begin solving these problems.

“Our local police forces do a valiant job in helping to ensure safety in our communities. However, in a time of tight budgets and personnel cutbacks statewide, the time is now for us to take action locally in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

For information about the event, contact White’s office at (724) 746-3677.