The final in a series of four public hearings on the use of heroin in rural Pennsylvania will be held next month at Clarion University.
The first hearing was conducted Wednesday in Williamsport.
The meetings are being coordinated by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, because experts say heroin use is on the increase in areas outside of cities and their suburbs. Since 2009, heroin-related deaths have been reported in 30 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Eight counties have reported 100 or more deaths.
The Center’s executive director, Barry Denk, tells Radio PA News state lawmakers sought his agency’s assistance in tackling the issue.
The Clarion hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19 at 8:30 AM at Eagle Commons on Wood Street. Other hearings will be held on July 22 at Reading Area Community College and on August 5 at St. Francis University in Loretto.