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Venango County’s Opioid Crisis Hearing To Be Held At UPMC Northwest

July 28, 2016

The state House Policy Committees announced Thursday that the first of eight hearings statewide meant to tackle Pennsylvania’s growing opioid drug problem will be held Monday (Aug. 1) at the Courtyard Conference Room at UPMC Northwest in Cranberry.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Venango County would be the site of the first hearing gathering testimony about the drug problem and how it is affects communities.  Other early hearings will be held in Pittsburgh and in Westmoreland County.

The chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, Republican Kerry Benninghoff, and the chairman of the House Minority Policy Committee, Democrat Mike Sturla, who are holding the hearings along with several other state lawmakers, say the Venango County event, from 10:00 AM until noon Monday, will be hosted by Republican state Representative Lee James, from Oil City.

Expected to testify Monday are Venango County District Attorney Shawn White, State Police community service officer Michelle McGee, Oil City police chief Robert Wenner, county coroner Christina Rugh, Marie Plummer from the Venango County Drug and Alcohol Office and pharmacist Shane Judy, who is a member of the Venango County Overdose Task Force.

Officials are hoping to live-stream the hearing at

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