Tim Krieger

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.