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The York County Heroin Task Force is holding their second town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss the growing heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania.  The public is invited to attend to learn more about the heroin problem, and what's being done to deal with it.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 19th at Crispus Attucks. [605 South Duke Street in York]

Task force members expected to participate in the meeting are: York District Attorney Tom Kearney and Chief Deputy District Attorney David Sunday, Senator Scott Wagner, Representative Kevin Schreiber, York County Commissioners, York City Mayor C. Kim Bracey, members of the York City Police Department, Coroner Pam Gay, and Springettsbury Township Police Chief Tom Hyers.
FOX43's Evan Forrester will moderate the town hall meeting.

For more information on the York County Heroin Task Force and resources for help, click here

2 comments

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    I don’t believe there is any material or message out in the world that indicates that heroin is a good choice. It is up to an individual to make the choices that govern their health. I fail to see how meetings and vigils produce any measurable results in changing people’s choices. They seem to be a feel-good warm fuzzy, but what are they REALLY accomplishing?

  • J.d. Webb

    . UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION Nobody starts out intending to develop an addiction, but many people get caught in its snare. Consider the latest government statistics: Nearly 23 million Americans—almost one in 10—are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. More than two-thirds of people with addiction abuse alcohol. The top three drugs causing addiction are marijuana, opioid (narcotic) pain relievers, and cocaine. This information was posted by Healthguide.org with collaboration with Harvard Medical School. Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation. Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done. I hear people everyday non-users that don’t understand why a person will put everyone on the back burner, including family and loved ones. The reason for this is,pleasure associated with an addictive drug or behavior subsides—and yet the memory of the desired effect and the need to recreate it (the wanting) persists. It’s as though the normal machinery of motivation is no longer functioning when behavior is that compulsion takes over. These memories help create a conditioned response—intense craving—whenever the person encounters those environmental cues. Cravings contribute not only to addiction but to relapse after a hard-won sobriety. A person addicted to heroin may be in danger of relapse when he sees a hypodermic needle, for example, while another person might start to drink again after seeing a bottle of whiskey. Conditioned learning helps explain why people who develop an addiction risk relapse even after years of abstinence.It is not enough to “just say no”—as the 1980s slogan suggested. Instead, you can protect (and heal) yourself from addiction by saying “yes” to other things. Cultivate diverse interests that provide meaning to your life. Understand that your problems usually are transient, and perhaps most importantly, acknowledge that life is not always supposed to be pleasurable. People call addicts, useless people or losers and much worse.If a family member or friend had a disease and had to fight it to stay alive, what would you call them? So lets treat it for what it is, a DISEASE!! Jerry Webb, York township

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