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Governor Corbett Targets PA Heroin Problem

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Governor Tom Corbett has announced the formation of a working group to fight against a growing heroin addiction problem statewide. Corbett convened the group of  state health, law enforcement, legislative and judicial officials on Friday.

The panel includes individuals and family members impacted by addiction.   The statewide plan to Educate, Enforce and Engage will be lead by Gary Tennis, State Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The governor said heroin addiction is a hugs problem nationwide and here in Pennsylvania. "Between 2009 and 2013 Pennsylvania coroners have identified over 3,000 heroin related deaths," said Corbett.  "Heroin destroys lives, families and communities.  We have to work now to stop this epidemic in Pennsylvania, we've had enough!"

Recently 12News reporter Jamison Hixenbaugh aired a special report on the growing epidemic of heroin use and deaths right here in Erie County.
He talked with emergency workers who see the effects of heroin overdoses all too frequently.  He also talked with a  recovering heroin addict who lost nearly everything in a nine year addiction with the deadly drug.

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