9:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Pennsylvania's Heroin Users Are Getting Older

The 22 overdose deaths related to fentanyl-laced heroin in Western Pennsylvania recently have drawn increased attention to drug use in the area, and an unexpected trend is being found.

According to Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl Williams, the average age of overdose victims has risen in recent years. Middle-age men and women in suburban and rural areas are now some of the most common victims of overdose.

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Government & Politics
2:34 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

State Lawmakers Assessing Heroin Use in Pennsylvania

State lawmakers have begun a series of hearings throughout the commonwealth to learn more about what they and law enforcement officials call a heroin epidemic.

The state attorney general’s office says Pennsylvania has the third highest number of heroin users, behind California and Illinois, with an average 40,000 users.
Republican state Rep. Tim Krieger of Westmoreland County says, after listening to testimony in southwestern Pennsylvania about the causes of increased heroin use, he’s not looking for a single legislative remedy to the problem.

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